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Churning Day - Seamus Heaney

***** the surface, the poem by Nobel Prize Laureate Seamus Heaney called Churning *****, is a wonderful journey into the past, into 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 k*****d of gives the reader a sense ***** ***** movement of the h*****nds churning, moving, continually. When you make butter, ***** don't stop for a while and rest; you keep turning, *****, and ***** poem has that same continuous motion as well.

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

***** ***** lecture to the ***** Foundation, ***** explains that he was t***** "eldes***** child of an e*****-growing family." That family was crowded together in three rooms ***** a thatched farmhouse. The experience, he explained, was intimate and "physical" and "creaturely" - which suggests that he and his family were a bit ***** shrewd and productive animals, living off the l***** and cooperating with one another the way the natural world operates. Rabbits have *****ir communities and ***** babies ***** born, they become part of ***** little culture; ***** the same with mice, and ants, and squirrels. He doesn't have to mention ***** species because he ***** given the reader and the listener the word "*****," and that is enough for the active mind ***** take it ***** there. Nature has its way, ***** life moves ********** because of rituals and duties.

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

First, a look *****t his Nobel ***** ***** that in his boyhood,

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