Seamus Heaney - Personal Helicon - Poetry Analysis

Personal Helicon

Personal Helicon In this final poem Heaney identifies the wells of his childhood as sources of his later poetic inspiration. Now a fully fledged poet he reflects on his transition from childhood to the here-and-now. As a child Heaney was particularly drawn to wells: they could not keep me away from them with their buckets and windlasses. They appealed to all the senses of an Irish farm-reared child, looking down to see what he could see, smell, touch, imagine: the dark drop, the trapped sky, the smells/ Of waterweed, fungus and dank moss. He selects a well where, whilst he might enjoy larking around and the rich crash when a bucket/ Plummeted down at the end of a rope, he could only guess its depth:  So deep you saw no reflection in it. From well to accessible spring under a dry-stone ditch, that, Fructified like any aquarium, teemed with life […read more….]