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The Swing- Seamus Heaney

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  1. The Swing- Seamus Heaney By Amber and Jemma

  2. Ireland – farming • Relationship with father • Influence of artists and Art • Inventions • Past-future Background/Context

  3. The swing by Fragonard Shepard's hat is ironic since shepherds are normally associated with virtue due to living close to nature and away from the corrupt temptations of the city Cupid Elderly man pushing woman on the swing Analysis Young man hidden in bushes

  4. Light of heaven by Hans Memling

  5. Enjabment – “sooner or later…” – foreshadowing of the swing • The swing provides entry into the past – “backward and forward into the open shed…” • Allliteration of “-ing” to emphasise the strong movement • Change from 2nd to 1st person – inclusive • Rhythm – the pauses create a swing like motion when reading – “every bit as far – once you got going-…” 1st Stanza

  6. Reference 18th century artists (Fragonard & Brueghel) • His poem mimics the art work – ‘spiritual of the light of heaven’ – “Nativity” • Changes from majestic and innocent imagery – “fields, sunstruck” to a negative tone with the symbolism of the noose – life and death – “A lure let down to tempt the soul to rise.” 2nd Stanza

  7. Introducing the female figure – “sat there as majestic as a empress” –simile • ‘Swollen feet’ – privlege e.g. high heels OR hard work – ambiguous (open to interpretation) • Opulent – wealthy/rich • ‘Mitigation’ – harsh tone – forcing a smile 3rd stanza

  8. Repetition of ‘light’ – spiritual connotation • Empress and goddess • Regret – sombre tone – ‘there should have been…like the life she would not fail and was not meant for.’ – ‘in her element’ – ‘half retrieving something’ – ‘we knew to let her be’ 4th stanza

  9. Reflection on childhood • Descriptive imagery – movement of the swing and body • Use of words such as ‘hitched, tip-toed, hurled, tautened’ • Similar to 1st stanza – swing providing entry to past – independence - free 5th stanza

  10. ‘We’ – inclusive language • Technological advancements- entry into future • ‘sky high’ relating to plane and swing • Hiroshima (WW2) Japan bombing – the danger of new inventions – it made ‘light of human bones’ - death • Concorde (1976) – invention – fast plane – positive • Rhetorical question – want to indulge and embrace the future • Enjabment – answering and/or reflection ‘in spite of all we sailed…’ • ‘sailed’, ‘rafters’, ‘branches’ - metaphors • The nautical references are similar in ‘Follower’ relating to his father - past 6th stanza (last)