Seamus Heaney - Ocean’s Love to Ireland - Poetry Analysis

Ocean’s Love to Ireland

Ocean’s Love to Ireland Heaney summarises the sequence of 3 short poems and the two that follow in a response to DOD (p 169): an allegory involving the Elizabethan armies entering Gaelic Ulster (Smerwick below is in fact in Munster) and the ground being possessed by the planters – the whole ‘Aisling’ scenario – England being the male conqueror, Ireland the ruined maid and wee ‘no surrender’ Ulster being the product of the union … The ‘speaker in the poem’, whoever he is, is deeply aware of his implication in being ‘imperially’ male. The poems plot a crucial moment in political history pointing to the desolation that will be the outcome for Ireland; The title requires a preposition. Heaney’s unexpected choice of to suggests an insincere, distant, impersonal expression of affection; certainly Ralegh demonstrated ‘love’ neither for nor of Ireland; his acts were those of an ‘imperialist’. I Heaney’s description of […read more….]