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Storm on the Island

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Alexis Ramirez

on 10 March 2014

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Transcript of Storm on the Island

Two themes that are common within Heaney's work are nature and the Troubles.
Both of these ideas are brought into this poem as we will later see
Heaney moved from the British-ruled Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland.
Because of this, he had a double view-point on the tensions that were between Ireland and England

Literal Meaning
Figurative meaning
The wind represents the British becoming violent towards the Irish.
The dark language represents the negative emotions towards them
Even after it shifts back
"a huge nothing that we fear"
Blank verse prose... except for the last two lines.
Written in the present tense
Tone starts off very confident
Two major shifts occur throughout the poem

Mood makes the reader worried
Personification is very dominant in the poem
Personification makes the poem more focused on the idea of the storm, as though it is the main character of the story Heaney is trying to tell.
By Seamus Heaney
Storm On The Island
It talks about a storm that is coming and focuses on preparation
The wind is what worries the narrator most
"tragic chorus"
He talks about his stooks and hay that he fears losing (connection to his roots)
In the end no storm comes ("We are bombarded by empty air", "...it is a huge nothing that we fear")
Class Activity:
In groups, turn to page 20 of the Heaney packet and search for the shifts in tone.

Write down where, why and how a shift occurs.

We will discuss after.
Use of Lit. Devices in the structure
Shifts in Tone!
There are many shifts caused by caesuras. That mainly the way Heaney signifies a shift in focus or tense in this poem.
The last two lines are a rhyming couplet, which serves the purpose of both drawing attention to them, and resolving conflict like a classic couplet does.

With the people around you, predict what the poem is about based on the title (or since we read the poems, recall your initial prediction)
(Salt-PP Part 3 )
(Salt-PP Part 2)
Thesis: Heaney employs the use of tone, mood, and word choice to create a metaphorical connection between The Troubles and a storm.
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