Essay - Churning Day - Seamus Heaney on the Surface, the Poem...


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85
Copyright Notice

Churning Day - Seamus Heaney

On the surface, the poem by Nobel Prize Laureate ***** Heaney called Churning *****, is a wonderful journey into the past, ***** the old ways of making butter when technology and ***** corporate world were far from becoming part of Europe. The poem ***** both a history lesson ***** a reflection of Heaney's agricultural upbringing. It is also in a very real way a testament to h***** s*****arp eye and attentive ears towards the culture ***** rural Ireland in which he was steeped in and "plunged in" - like poetry itself.

Because the structure of the poem uses enjambment the entire length, Heaney kind of gives the reader a sense of ***** movement of the h*****s churning, moving, continu*****lly. When you make butter, you don't stop for a while and rest; you keep turning, *****, and the ***** has that same continuous motion as well.

In the poem it is clear that ***** sees his boyhood old-world family lifestyle as a metaphor, and all ***** things that were ***** of those experiences are building blocks ***** ***** storytelling. But he shows how highly intelligent he is by his strategic use of words - just enough descriptiveness and e*****. Still, he does not let the tools ***** poetry overpower the poem. As a poet he ***** ***** license to pour forth with images and metaphors, but he handles this poem ***** grace, the same as his family handled the chores of ***** food with ***** and deliberation.

In ***** lecture to the ***** Foundation, Heaney explains that he was the "eldest child of an e*****-growing family." That family was crowded together in three rooms ***** a th*****tched farmhouse. The experience, he explained, was intimate ***** "physical" *****d "creaturely" - which suggests that he and his ***** were a bit ***** shrewd and productive animals, living off the l***** and cooperating with one another the ***** the natural world operates. Rabbits have their communities and ***** babies are born, they become part of that little *****; ***** the same with mice, and ants, and squirrels. He ********** have to mention ***** species because he has given the reader and ***** listener the word "creaturely," and that is enough for the active mind ***** take it from there. Nature has *****s way, ***** life moves ********** because ***** rituals and duties.

***** Heaney, everything that happened in his family life, ***** in the surroundings and materials of his existence, caused something else to happen. T***** is the substance of his poem, as well, because each action causes another action, or a reaction - a product - b*****ed on the initial action. And like the ***** who is skillful in ***** economy of *****s, the eye *****s trained to observe ***** pragmatism ***** those *****s and results, just like the young eyes of the poet witness the butter being made from ***** fresh milk of the cow.

First, a look at ***** Nobel ***** shows that in his boyhood,

. . . . [END OF RESEARCH PAPER PREVIEW]

Download complete paper (and others like it)    |    Order a brand new, custom paper

© 2001–2017   |   Thesis Paper about Churning Day - Seamus Heaney on the Surface, the Poem   |   Research Paper Examples