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Personal Helicon Analysis

Author: poem of Seamus Heaney Type: poem Views: 25

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As a child, they could not keep me from wells

And old pumps with buckets and windlasses.

I loved the dark drop, the trapped sky, the smells

Of waterweed, fungus and dank moss.

One, in a brickyard, with a rotted board top.

I savoured the rich crash when a bucket

Plummeted down at the end of a rope.

So deep you saw no reflection in it.

A shallow one under a dry stone ditch

Fructified like any aquarium.

When you dragged out long roots from the soft mulch

A white face hovered over the bottom.

Others had echoes, gave back your own call

With a clean new music in it. And one

Was scaresome, for there, out of ferns and tall

Foxgloves, a rat slapped across my reflection.

Now, to pry into roots, to finger slime,

To stare, big-eyed Narcissus, into some spring

Is beneath all adult dignity. I rhyme

To see myself, to set the darkness echoing.

Submitted by Ruairi Phelan


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It's about what writing gives to him as a poet, the somewhat selfish indulgence of creativity.
He compares this to many wells that he encountered as a child, and the several things they gave back to him - a clean new music in his words.
Poetry is now this outlet, it allows him to understand himself better.
"I rhyme to see myself,"
It is really a poem about why he writes and his propensity as a child to see the positive in this, through much of Heaney's work this childlike perspective is given in a positive light, an innocent, sensual joy and what this poem does is explain the way writing is an extension of this child's joy.
Of course, this is obvious when you research the Helicon.
The first analysis of this poem is an utter joke, submit that and fail.

| Posted on 2010-03-27 | by a guest

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I believe that this poem is all about children and how they feel a rich sense of fulfilment by falling into wells and hurting themselves and how they like to play in the dirt

| Posted on 2009-09-14 | by a guest

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