David Fawbert, Author at Seamus Heaney Poetry Analysis

I am a golf-loving travel enthusiast who enjoys singing choral music as a tenor, plays a bit of classical guitar and loves fresh air. I graduated from Leeds University back in 1965 with an Honours degree in French alongside German, Philosophy, English and Games. I became a teacher, first as a French speciaist delighting in preparing bright Sixth Formers for Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams, ultimately spending 15 years as Head of an exceedingly successful state specialist Technology College, The Chase School, in Malvern Worcestershire. For some reason I cannot get my head round, the Queen elected to award me an OBE 'for Services to Education' back in 1993. The family were proud but it cut no ice in the pub!

  1. Foreword (Wintering Out)
  2. Fodder
  3. Bog Oak
  4. Anahorish
  5. Servant Boy
  6. The Last Mummer
  7. Land
  8. Gifts of Rain
  9. Toome
  10. Broagh
  11. Oracle
  12. The Backward Look
  13. Traditions
  14. A New Song
  15. The Other Side
  16. The Wool Trade
  17. Linen Town
  18. A Northern Hoard
  19. Midnight
  20. The Tollund Man
  21. Nerthus
  22. Cairn-maker
  23. Navvy
  24. Veteran’s Dream
  25. Augury
  26. Wedding Day
  27. Mother of the Groom
  28. Summer Home
  29. Serenades
  30. Somnambulist
  31. A Winter’s Tale
  32. Shore Woman
  33. Maighdean Mara
  34. Limbo
  35. Bye-Child
  36. Good-night
  37. First Calf
  38. May
  39. Fireside
  40. Dawn
  41. Travel
  42. Westering
  43. Afterthoughts (Wintering Out)
  44. Foreword (The Spirit Level)
  45. The Rain Stick
  46. To a Dutch Potter in Ireland
  47. A Brigid’s Girdle
  48. Mint
  49. A Sofa in the Forties
  50. Keeping Going
  51. Two Lorries
  52. Damson
  53. Weighing In
  54. St Kevin and the Blackbird
  55. The Flight Path
  56. An Invocation
  57. Mycenae Lookout
  58. The First Words
  59. The Gravel Walks
  60. Whitby-sur-Moyola
  61. The Thimble
  62. The Butter-Print
  63. Remembered Columns
  64. Poet’s Chair
  65. The Swing
  66. The Poplar
  67. Two Stick Drawings
  68. A Call
  69. A Dog Was Crying Tonight in Wicklow Also
  70. M
  71. An Architect
  72. The Sharping Stone
  73. The Strand
  74. The Walk
  75. At the Wellhead
  76. At Banagher
  77. Tollund
  78. Postscript
  79. zz-Afterthoughts (The Spirit Level)
  80. Navigating the ‘Station Island’ Collection
  81. Station Island Foreword
  82. The Underground
  83. La Toilette
  84. Sloe Gin
  85. Away from it All
  86. Chekhov on Sakhalin
  87. Sandstone Keepsake
  88. Shelf Life
  89. A Migration
  90. Last Look
  91. Remembering Malibu
  92. Making Strange
  93. The Birthplace
  94. Changes
  95. An Ulster Twilight
  96. A Bat on the Road
  97. A Hazel Stick for Catherine Ann
  98. A Kite for Michael and Christopher
  99. The Railway Children
  100. Sweetpea
  101. An Aisling in the Burren
  102. Widgeon
  103. Sheelagh na Gig
  104. The Loaning
  105. The Sandpit
  106. The King of the Ditchbacks
  107. Part Two: Station Island – the Sequence
  108. Station Island – the Sequence I
  109. Station Island – the Sequence II
  110. Station Island – the Sequence III
  111. Station Island – the Sequence IV
  112. Station Island – the Sequence V
  113. Station Island – the Sequence VI
  114. Station Island – the Sequence VII
  115. Station Island – the Sequence VIII
  116. Station Island – the Sequence IX
  117. Station Island – the Sequence X
  118. Station Island – the Sequence XI
  119. Station Island – the Sequence XII
  120. Part Three: Sweeney Redivivus
  121. The First Gloss
  122. Sweeney Redivivus
  123. Unwinding
  124. The First Kingdom
  125. Alerted
  126. Drifting Off
  127. The First Flight
  128. In the Beech
  129. In the Chestnut Tree
  130. A Waking Dream
  131. The Scribes
  132. The Master
  133. The Hermit
  134. The Cleric
  135. Sweeney’s Returns
  136. Holly
  137. An Artist
  138. The Old Icons
  139. In Illo Tempore
  140. On the Road
  141. Afterthoughts (Station Island)
  142. Navigating the ‘North’ Collection
  143. Foreword (North)
  144. Sunlight
  145. The Seed Cutters
  146. Antaeus
  147. Belderg
  148. Funeral Rites
  149. North
  150. Viking Dublin: Trial Pieces
  151. The Digging Skeleton
  152. Bone Dreams
  153. Come to the Bower
  154. Bog Queen
  155. The Grauballe Man
  156. Punishment
  157. Strange Fruit
  158. Kinship
  159. Ocean’s Love to Ireland
  160. Aisling
  161. Act Of Union
  162. The Betrothal of Cavehill
  163. Hercules and Antaeus
  164. Part II
  165. The Unacknowledged Legislator’s Dream
  166. Whatever You Say Say Nothing
  167. Freedman
  168. Singing School
  169. 1 The Ministry of Fear
  170. 2 A Constable Calls
  171. 3 Orange Drums
  172. 4 Summer 1969
  173. 5 Fosterage
  174. 6 Exposure
  175. Afterthoughts (North)
  176. Foreword (District and Circle)
  177. The Turnip Snedder
  178. A Shiver
  179. Home Help
  180. Helmet
  181. Polish Sleepers
  182. Anahorish 1944
  183. To Mick Joyce in Heaven
  184. The Aerodrome
  185. Anything Can Happen
  186. Rilke: After the Fire
  187. Out of Shot
  188. To George Seferis in the Underworld
  189. District and Circle
  190. Wordsworth’s Skates
  191. The Harrow-Pin
  192. Poet to Blacksmith
  193. Midnight Anvil
  194. Súgán
  195. Senior Infants
  196. The Nod
  197. The Clip
  198. Edward Thomas on the Lagans Road
  199. Found Prose
  200. The Lift
  201. Nonce Words
  202. Stern
  203. Out of This World
  204. In Iowa
  205. Hōfn
  206. On the Spot
  207. The Tollund Man in Springtime
  208. Moyulla
  209. Planting the alder
  210. Tate’s Avenue
  211. A Hagging Match
  212. Fiddleheads
  213. To Pablo Neruda in Tamlaghtduff
  214. Rilke: The Apple Orchard
  215. Quitting Time
  216. Home Fires
  217. The Birch Grove
  218. Cavafy: ‘The rest I’ll speak of to the ones below in Hades’
  219. In a Loaning
  220. The Blackbird of Glanmore
  221. Afterthoughts (District and Circle)
  222. Foreword (Death of a Naturalist)
  223. Turkeys Observed
  224. Cow in Calf
  225. Trout
  226. Waterfall
  227. Docker
  228. Poor Women in a City Church
  229. Gravities
  230. Twice Shy
  231. Valediction
  232. Lovers on Aran
  233. Poem
  234. Honeymoon Flight
  235. Scaffolding
  236. Storm on the Island
  237. Synge on Aran
  238. Saint Francis and the Birds
  239. Digging
  240. Death of an Naturalist
  241. The Barn
  242. Blackberry Picking
  243. Churning Day
  244. An Advancement of Learning
  245. The Early Purges
  246. Ancestral Photograph
  247. Mid-Term Break
  248. Follower
  249. Dawnshoot
  250. At a Potato Digging
  251. For the Commander of the Eliza
  252. The Diviner
  253. The Play Way
  254. Personal Helicon
  255. In Small Townlands
  256. The Folk Singers
  257. Afterthoughts (Death of a Naturalist)
  258. Foreword (Human Chain)
  259. Loughanure
  260. The Conway Stewart
  261. ‘Had I not been awake I would have missed it’.
  262. Miracle
  263. Album
  264. Chanson d’Aventure
  265. The Butts
  266. Uncoupled
  267. The Wood Road
  268. An Old Refrain
  269. A Mite-Box
  270. Human Chain
  271. A Herbal
  272. Slack
  273. Derry Derry Down
  274. Death of a Painter
  275. The Baler
  276. Route 110
  277. The Riverbank Field
  278. Canopy
  279. Eelworks
  280. A Kite for Aibhín
  281. In the Attic
  282. The door was open and the house was dark
  283. Lick The Pencil
  284. Hermit Songs
  285. Colum Cille Cecinit
  286. Sweeney Out-Takes
  287. Wraiths
  288. Afterthoughts (Human Chain)
  289. Seamus Heaney Human Chain 2010
  290. Seamus Heaney Keywords