Seamus Heaney - Come to the Bower - Poetry Analysis

Come to the Bower

Come to the Bower In this first of six titles referred to as the ‘bog poems’ in North the voice is that of the individual who has come upon the mummified corpse of a woman hidden beneath the surface of the the bog where it has been preserved. The initial ‘forensic’ examination of the mummy is overtaken by the finder’s reactions to what he is uncovering. The answers to many of the questions set by the piece, particularly the sexual connotations of the discovery, remain elusive. His hands come, touched (the sense of touch is paramount in the piece) by bog flowers, sweetbriar and tangled vetch, before trespassing beneath the surface of the bog, foraging past the burst gizzards/ Of coin hoards (valuables bagged and left as royal burial offerings) to the secret place where the dark-bowered queen lies awaiting discovery. Heaney reveals the techniques used to keep the bog-body […read more….]