Seamus Heaney - ‘Poet’s Chair’ - Poetry Analysis

Poet’s Chair

‘Poet’s Chair’ A sequence of 3 poems dedicated to Carolyn Mulholland (born in Lurgan, Co Armagh in 1944; a student at the Belfast College of Art from 1962 to 1966, where she won the Ulster Arts Club prize for Sculpture in 1965). In the epigraph a sculptress orbits the Renaissance’s most celebrated painter/ scientist/ engineerand scholar, Italian Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). Heaney quotes from da Vinci’s notebook (Leonardo said: the sun has never/ Seen a shadow) to prepare us for Mulholland’s world of light, shade, and changing perspectives: Now watch the sculptor move (orbiting her work-piece as a planet orbits the sun) Full circle round her next work, like a lover / In the sphere of shifting angles and fixed love; he salutes her contemplative approach and her devotion to her work. Full circle: returning to the position from which an object departed; sphere: field of operation; spherical object; domain, realm shifting … fixed: opposites, the first fluid, the second […read more….]