Navigating the ‘Station Island’ Collection

Seamus Heaney – Station Island



followed by:

The Poems individual commentaries with footnotes and reflections on style and structure


  • finding the blend; the poet’s compositional skills;
  • the poem as a ‘music pleasing to the ear’;
  • using assonance: ‘coloured sound’ is an attempt to highlight recurrent sounds in the poems using phonetic symbols and colour shades; ‘same colour, same sound’;
  • standard English vowel sounds and their phonetic symbols;
  • using alliteration;
  • standard English consonant sounds and their phonetic symbols;
  • Forms and Rhymes; the poems in collection-order;
  • Subjects and Settings: the poems in collection-order;
  • a more comprehensive timeline of the ‘Troubles’;
  • Stylistic devices: labels and definitions;