Seamus Heaney - Scaffolding - Poetry Analysis


Scaffolding Heaney uses a parable-style format that sets out the crucial need for a sound structure in human relationships. The tone is a touch sermon-like! However, in his attempt to reassure them both, the speaker demonstrates great sincerity and also, it would seem, a touch of insecurity in himself. Other spheres of human activity require a firm framework: to achieve properly constructed buildings: Masons build stage by stage, falling back on a sound understanding of safety issues: they test out the scaffolding, ensure that planks won’t slip at busy points/ Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints. They get the basics right from the outset. A temporary structure, perhaps, the scaffolding is vital to the building of walls of sure and solid stone. If, therefore, there are occasional threats to the solidity of their relationship, Old bridges breaking, Heaney‘s answer is reassuring: my dear … never fear. Any such moments overlook […read more….]