Seamus Heaney - A Dog Was Crying Tonight in Wicklow Also - Poetry Analysis

A Dog Was Crying Tonight in Wicklow Also

A Dog Was Crying Tonight in Wicklow Also in memory of Donatus Nwoga Humanity fails in its attempt to make earthly death a temporary state. Heaney expresses his sense of loss at the death of Nigerian scholar and critic Donatus Nwoga (who was a fellow student at Queen’s University, Belfast, in the 1950s) by reworking an Igbo fable from the Nigerian folk lore of Nwoga’s roots. Experience of death led to an appeal to the highest authority, to be carried by an animal: When human beings found out about death / They sent the dog to Chukwu with a message. They urged Chukwu to make death temporary and reversible (They wanted to be let back to the house of life). They were unhappy with the idea that death was irrevocable: They didn’t want to end up lost forever, their earthly bodies cremated Like burnt wood disappearing into smoke and their […read more….]