Lick The Pencil

‘Lick The Pencil’ In a sequence that ultimately reveals a deep, underlying sorrow two shades are recalled: Heaney’s father, Patrick, and Colmcille. The pencil and its marks come to symbolise things that do not fade with time. there was a pre-war habit in Britain of licking pencils before using them possibly because it helped darken the script. In the 1940’s […]