Discussion of themes and motifs in Seamus Heaney’s Bogland. eNotes critical analyses help you gain a deeper understanding of Bogland so you can excel on . Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in This poem was written in the s and concerns the ‘bog’, one of the few words in the English. Seamus Heaney is widely recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century. A native of Northern Ireland, Heaney was born in

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Bogland – Poem by Seamus Heaney

The poet does not draw a definite conclusion on this point, and the hints seem to be that what will be discovered will be of academic rather than practical benefit. Frankie, I don’t know if you’ve ever seen an assembled skeleton of an Irish Elk, but it is awe-inspiring, and An astounding seamks full of air is a particularly apt ehaney of its ribcage.

Use of imagery is one of the great stylistic aspects of this poem.

The colonizers have taken away the skeleton of great Irish elk deer. Personification can be seen in the line – the ground itself is kind.

The poet has not considered any element of musicality consciously. The fact that this is rated a measly 3. The digger will never dig coal here.

Bogland by Seamus Heaney: Summary and Analysis

The poet still feels proud on Ireland and the existence of Irish nationality. Butter, waterlogged trunks, coal, the bog holes, and black butter are still in bog.


In each layer, there is Ireland and Irish culture. All these visual imagery are the property of bog land. The poem ‘Bogland’ is a poem on Irish nationalism and historical record of Ireland.

The ground itself is kind, black butter Melting and opening underfoot, Missing its last definition By millions of years. The poem lacks rhymes and other specific musical qualities. Everywhere the eye accepts encroaching horizon unwillingly. Comments about Bogland by Seamus Heaney.

This skeleton had been set up as an astounding crate full of air. Seamus Heaney’s Other Poems. The poet goes on introducing archaeological findings received from Bogland while digging it out. The function of the bog is therefore to be a conduit to the past, in which the most valuable thing is knowledge. Our unfenced country Is bog that keeps crusting Between the sights of the sun. The wet center is bottomless.

The bogholes might be Atlantic seepage. As a modern poem, this poem heavily rests on the use of imagery. It indicates that Ireland has not enough open land. The poem is dedicated to T P Flanagana landscape artist and personal friend of Seamus Heaney whose vision and analysis of the Irish countryside was a major influence on him.

The ground itself is kind. Can someone please explain to me this paragraph: The most effective technique of the poem is the powerfully uses metaphor e. The fourth stanza mentions another preservation, namely that of hundred-year-old butter, which, being a manmade object, symbolises the works of Irish people of the past that have not been lost to time. Similarly, the poet uses simile while comparing ‘waterlogged trunks with pulp’.

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Similarly, the poet is all aware that “they have taken the skeleton of the Great Irish Elk”. It means the survival of Irish culture is a long span of time.

Black butter has been missing its last definition, melting and opening underfoot, by millions of years. Here human quality of kindness has been attributed to the ground. Like some of his other poems, the poem is composed in twenty eight lines with four lines in each stanza. All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge Delivering Poems Around The World.

Seamus Heaney, as an Irish poet, goes to define Ireland as a bog land. It is brilliant, because on the one hand, the mounted museum specimen really is full of nothing but air, but also because the ribcage would once have held the creature’s lungs.