Seamus Heaney - Sheelagh na Gig - Poetry Analysis

Sheelagh na Gig

Sheelagh na Gig A three-poem sequence that celebrates a stone block Sheelagh na Gig, one of many, projecting from beneath the eaves of 12th century Norman/ Romanesque church at Kilpeck near the city of Hereford in England. I The positioning of the block is pinpointed. The figure crouches hunkering, high on the church-wall: We look up at her…/ under the eaves. The block has a structural rôle as if she bears the whole stone burden (that of the church roof) on the small of her back and shoulders; her elbows are locked in position: pinioned. She has an astute mouth (face or vulva is not made clear) and the gripping fingers that hold her lower body openinvite copulation: push, push hard/ push harder. The observer’s eye travels up the body where hips go high as far as the disproportionately large globe of its tadpole forehead/… rounded out in sunlight. The […read more….]