Seamus Heaney

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The book "Open Ground", by Seamus Heaney, is a book of poems.  In the book, Heaney promotes a variety of different poems he has written.  From this rich variety of great poems, "Punishment" and "First Kingdom" will be analyzed on imagery, theme, and rhythm throughout this paper.  In both poems, Heaney uses words to portray great details and is very descriptive in his works.  When reading the poems, the reader will find that gaining a visual idea of the events of the poems will be easy, due to Heaney's use of delivery and description.  By using delivery and description, Heaney allows the reader to attain the feelings, theme, and rhythm of the poems.  In the first poem "Punishment" the diction of the play expresses the relationship of the speaker and the victim.  Heaney uses words such as nipples, beauty and, adulteress, who allows the reader to know that the speaker obviously cared for or has even had relations with the victim.  He also shows that he has both and intimate and as distanced feeling towards the victim and how her body is found. This is created through the diction of the poem and the enjambment of the stanzas.  The use of embjambment in this poem coincides with the diction as the line breaks and ceasura express the tone and rhythm of the play.

Heaney poetry consists of Anglo-Saxon ideals, not to mention Irish culture. His poems (Punishment and the First Kingdom) represent the perspective, which epitomizes the literature in Ireland. All of his works were written in sonnets and/or ballads. In Opened Ground, Heaney explains going to his Irish roots, however. In Punishment, it shows a rash side towards the female reader because the dialogue of the poem is vague and dark. Punishment, constructed with short rhythmic words and phrases throws itself back to be pondered, to be re-read each line, each word. On its face, it is a gruesome recitation of terse words and phrases, which come back, word by word. The poem is visual and the layers of meaning...
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