Seamus Heaney - In a Loaning - Poetry Analysis

In a Loaning

In a Loaning The penultimate poem returns to the ‘kesh’ and ‘loaning’ of Heaney’s Ulster landscape. A short poem of both celebration and relief   Paradox: autumn described as the ‘back-end’ of the annual cycle represents rebirth for Heaney, delighted to have rediscovered his poetic voice: recovered speech/ Having its way again, I gave a cry. In painting the colours and textures of autumn the final couplet confirms that there is lyrical life left in the old dog yet: ‘Not beechen green, but these shin-deep coffers/ Of copper-fired leaves, these beech boles grey.’ loaning: Ulster dialect; outside path, way; beechen: archaic adjectival form ‘of beech’; bole: tree trunk (from 14th century); a single quatrain of 10-syllable lines; the [əʊ] of the title recurs: Spoken/ boles; [i:] speech/ beechen green/ these shin/deep/ these beech; [ei] way/ again/ gave; [ai] I/ cry/ fired; [ɒ] coffers/ copper;          Writing poetry is complex; inspiration is […read more….]