Seamus Heaney - An Aisling in the Burren - Poetry Analysis

An Aisling in the Burren

An Aisling in the Burren   The direction in which life takes people distances them from places to which they are emotionally attached. The allure of the Burren has never faded: A time was to come when we yearned… They are back.   Poetic focus settles warmly on the animal, vegetable and mineral riches of its northern shore (overlooking the Bay of Galway), its considerable provision of small sea-fish along eel-drugged flats, its sea-weed and bird life. Nature’s species have evolved: vexed by sea-water brine-maddened grass ensures earthly riches of biblical proportions: the aftermath of the reign of the meek.   Other developments (political, social, or environmental) are not nearly so rosy: what the speaker can see is as much of hope that the purest/ and saddest were prepared to allow for; the land is in trouble.   The stage is thus set for the arrival of the ‘aisling’ presence […read more….]