Seamus Heaney - Chanson d’Aventure - Poetry Analysis

Chanson d’Aventure

Chanson d’Aventure The epigraph, drawn from Donne’s Ecstacie, reflects on the inter-relationship of body and soul and the spiritual union between individuals: the body is the all-too vulnerable vessel within which the souls is said to repose; the soul is the area in which emotions are born. The soul seeks outward expression through the body, inhibited at this point in time by Heaney’s stroke-induced paralysis. i Crisis has brought a response from the Emergency Services in the form of an ambulance: the patient is Strapped on, wheeled out, forklifted,/ Locked in position for the drive. Since speed is of the essence the unevenness of the roads is exaggerated by the onrushing ambulance: Bone-shaken, bumped at speed. Clues and identities begin to emerge: The nurse a passenger with the driver, a second person (Marie Heaney, the poet’s wife) you ensconced in her vacated seat; and a casualty (Heaney himself) me flat on my back. There is no outward communication, however […read more….]