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The Harvest Bow

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Transcript of The Harvest Bow

The Harvest Bow
Stanza One
As you plaited the harvest bow
You implicated the mellowed silence in you
In wheat that does not rust
But brightens as it tightens twist by twist
Into a knowable corona,
A throwaway love-know of straw.
Stanza Two
Hands that aged round ash plants and cane sticks
And lapped the spurs on a lifetime of gamecocks
Harked to their gift and worked with fine intent
Until your fingers moved somnambulant:
I tell and finger it like braille,
Gleaning the unsaid off the palpable,
Stanza Three
And if I spy into its golden loops
I see us walk between the railway slopes
Into an evening of long grass and midges,
Blue smoke straight up, old beds and ploughs in hedges,
An auction notice on an outhouse wall--
You with a harvest bow in your lapel,
by Seamus Heaney
The Harvest Bow
Punctuation
Structure
Rhyming
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Elegy
elegy- a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem
ex. funeral song or a lament for the deceased
Works Cited
Works Cited
caesura- a pause in a line of poetry
end stop- a pause at the end of a line
enjambment- a sentence that runs two or more lines without stopping
"Articles: Poetic Devices-- Punctuate the End." BrigitsFlame.com.
Brigits Flame, n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2014. <http://www.brigitsflame.com/litlib/stylistic-suggestions/riesiel-punctuate-end.php>.
Yeats, William B. "4. To a Wealthy Man. Yeats, W. B. 1916.
Responsibilities and Other Poems." Bartleby.com. Bartleby.com, n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://www.bartleby.com/147/4.html>.

Vocabulary
Time
Diction
Motifs/Moods
mellowed
brightens
corona
throwaway love-knot
Vocabulary
Time
Touch
Agriculture, again
Vocabulary
Imagery
Time
Punctuation
Stanza Four
Me with the fishing rod, already homesick
For the big lift of these evenings, as your stick
Whacking the tip off weeds and bushes
Beats out of time, and beats, but flushes
Nothing: that original townland
Still tongue-tied in the straw tied by your hand.
Vocabulary
Time
Sound
Stanza Five
The end of art is peace
Could be the motto of this frail device
That have pinned up on our deal dresser--
Like a drawn snare
Slipped lately by the spirit of the corn
Yet burnished by its passage, and still warm.
Yates
Snared
Full Circle
Memory
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