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Interpretation of "Personal Helicon" by Seamus Heaney
Transcript of Interpretation of "Personal Helicon" by Seamus Heaney
by Seamus Heaney Iris SanGiovanni Diction Diction Continued Fructified
"Fructified like any aquarium. " Narcissus
"To stare, big-eyed Narcissus, into some spring ..." Savoured
"I savoured the rich crash when a..." Plummeted
"Plummeted down at the end of a rope. " As defined by the free dictionary Helicon refers to:" A mountain of central Greece. It was the legendary abode of the Muses and was sacred to Apollo." What is all boils down to: Apollo is known as the god of music and poetry. Meaning Behind "Helicon" I believe the "Personal Helicon" refers to the well in Heaney's poem. The well like the Helicon represents a place where muse or poetry can prosper. "Savoured" is a word that is related to taste, or food.
By using such a word Heaney compares the well to a food that is desired and perhaps nourishes (poetry). "Plummeted" when used instead of "fell" conjures much more imagery. Even as we read the word we begin to descend. It was smart of Heaney to use such a word because it livens the poem and brings the experience closer. Defined by the free dictionary: " to make fruitful." A Greek mythology in which a young man, Narcissus, is consumed in his own vanity as he gazes into his reflection in water. Narcissus dies. This well nourishes life as trees and other plant life use its water to grow. Heaney puts this so simply and for that so much added. As Narcissus was consumed by his reflection in the water Heaney too is consumed by dignity and his reflection rather is his poems.