Seamus Heaney - Loughanure - Poetry Analysis

Loughanure

Loughanure An elegiac sequence dedicated to the memory of Colin Middleton, the eminent Irish artist (who described himself as the sole surrealist painter of his time in Ireland); he died at the end of 1983. He was a friend of the Heaneys even selling them a piece of his work for thirty Guineas/ Forty-odd years ago. i Heaney portrays the expressiveness of the artist’s face, fusing the effects of Middleton’s addiction and the intensity with which his artist’s eye focussed on you: as if there wereSmoke … already in his eyes/ The way he’d narrow them to size you up.  Recalling Middleton as a chain smoker, all the while/ Licking and sealing a hand-rolled cigarette, Heaney likens Each small ash increment flicked off/ As white as flecks on the horizon line, as subtle colour shades present in the painting that has lived on after the artist’s death.  His attention drawn to the canvas, Heaney […read more….]