Seamus Heaney - Anahorish 1944 - Poetry Analysis

Anahorish 1944

Anahorish 1944   In a newspaper interview Heaney revealed how, as a boy, he watched American troops marching by from ‘up a beech tree’. The momentous preparations for D-Day  brought an international force to Britain which was to launch an assault on the Normandy beaches and free Europe from nazi oppression. Unusually Heaney, who would have been a small boy at the time, uses a speaker working in the local abattoir. Subsequent  loss of life on Normandy beaches endorses the ironic juxtaposition of butchered pigs and soldiers at the very moment when American troops arrived: We were killing pigs/ sunlight and gutter-blood/ outside the slaughterhouse and pigs squealing as they were bled, The voice speaks as a witness (note the poem’s speech marks), one of those engaged in the slaughtering process, in our gloves and aprons, coming face to face with the American troops. Their equipment standard military but worn […read more….]