Seamus Heaney - A Brigid’s Girdle - Poetry Analysis

A Brigid’s Girdle

A Brigid’s Girdle for Adele The poet communicates with a friend he has known from Harvard days offering her a gift that he hopes will help alleviate a condition that is threatening her; the poem’s increasingly elegiac tone is ominous. The poet has been in contact with Adele before, in early Spring as he sat in a garden at a rustic table /Under magnolias in South Carolina/As blossoms fell on me. He recalls the vivid imprinted on his memory: what he could see – a sharp Spring light against which a gable /As clean-lined as the prow of a white liner/Bisected sunlight in the sunlit yard; what he felt: respite from a busy schedule that such a moment permitted: I was glad of the early heat and the first quiet/ I’d had for weeks; what he heard: both the sounds of nature (the mocking bird} and of music practice (a […read more….]