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Act of Union Analysis

This is an anaylsis of Seamus Heaney poem, of Act of Union
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Stefan Denkovski

on 9 January 2013

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I

To-night, a first movement, a pulse,
As if the rain in bogland gathered head
To slip and flood: a bog-burst,
A gash breaking open the ferny bed.
Your back is a firm line of eastern coast
And arms and legs are thrown
Beyond your gradual hills. I caress
The heaving province where our past has grown.
I am the tall kingdom over your shoulder
That you would neither cajole nor ignore.
Conquest is a lie. I grow older
Conceding your half-independant shore
Within whose borders now my legacy
Culminates inexorably.





II

And I am still imperially
Male, leaving you with pain,
The rending process in the colony,
The battering ram, the boom burst from within.
The act sprouted an obsinate fifth column
Whose stance is growing unilateral.
His heart beneath your heart is a wardrum
Mustering force. His parasitical
And ignmorant little fists already
Beat at your borders and I know they're cocked
At me across the water. No treaty
I foresee will salve completely your tracked
And stretchmarked body, the big pain
That leaves you raw, like opened ground, again Act of Union Act of Union Can refer to a few things.

1. Marriage

2. The historical Act of Union 1802 The Title Sonnet 1 To-night, a first movement, a pulse,
As if the rain in bogland gathered head
To slip and flood: a bog-burst,
A gash breaking open the ferny bed.
Your back is a firm line of eastern coast
And arms and legs are thrown
Beyond your gradual hills. I caress
The heaving province where our past has grown.
I am the tall kingdom over your shoulder
That you would neither cajole nor ignore.
Conquest is a lie. I grow older
Conceding your half-independant shore
Within whose borders now my legacy
Culminates inexorably. Shows tension building just as water
collects in a dam building, building until it explodes Seamus Heaney The Author he is Irish, born in 1939 and published the poetic book which contained this poem in 1974 he won The Noble Peace Prize in 1995 for "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past". The History "the troubles" in the 60's-80's Act of Union

I

To-night, a first movement, a pulse,
As if the rain in bogland gathered head
To slip and flood: a bog-burst,
A gash breaking open the ferny bed.
Your back is a firm line of eastern coast
And arms and legs are thrown
Beyond your gradual hills. I caress
The heaving province where our past has grown.
I am the tall kingdom over your shoulder
That you would neither cajole nor ignore.
Conquest is a lie. I grow older
Conceding your half-independant shore
Within whose borders now my legacy
Culminates inexorably.

II

And I am still imperially
Male, leaving you with pain,
The rending process in the colony,
The battering ram, the boom burst from within.
The act sprouted an obsinate fifth column
Whose stance is growing unilateral.
His heart beneath your heart is a wardrum
Mustering force. His parasitical
And ignmorant little fists already
Beat at your borders and I know they're cocked
At me across the water. No treaty
I foresee will salve completely your tracked
And stretchmarked body, the big pain
That leaves you raw, like opened ground, again The highlighted words, stood out to me and relay a deeper meaning Act of Union: Analysis Sonnet 2
II

And I am still imperially
Male, leaving you with pain,
The rending process in the colony,
The battering ram, the boom burst from within.
The act sprouted an obstinate fifth column
Whose stance is growing unilateral.
His heart beneath your heart is a wardrum
Mustering force. His parasitical
And ignmorant little fists already
Beat at your borders and I know they're cocked
At me across the water. No treaty
I foresee will salve completely your tracked
And stretchmarked body, the big pain
That leaves you raw, like opened ground, again creates an idea of a baby talks about how the child affects the mother and fathers lives the ending is very important to the hidden meaning and theme The theme of this poem is about how the monster never leaves. The Theme Poem relates the experience that the woman goes through to the troubles that exist between Ireland and England Just as the woman will always carry the experience with her, in her child and stretch marks Ireland will always carry the memories of the violence and the core fundamental problems will never go away. The Original The Picture the poem was published amidst the time period it is an on going problem that has been around for over 100 years and is still around today The Found The Creation Describes a pregnancy in the last two lines how child is angry at the dad, but
causes pain to the mother
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