Seamus Heaney - Strange Fruit - Poetry Analysis

Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit A sonnet prompted by the bodiless head of girl similar to one retrieved from a Danish bog in the 1940s. The head is introduced with a sweep of the hand: Here is … its texture that of an exhumed gourd, an oval shaped face; skin and teeth have prune associations, the former its wrinkled exterior, the latter the smooth, stained appearance of its stones. Her hair has been deliberately let down by those working on the head who unswaddled its wet fern, posed the exhibition of its coil and released life-giving air at her leathery beauty. The waxy surface and colour of the face form a pash (archaic English word) of tallow. Here is an example of treasure for him to ‘trust’, this one human therefore perishable. The skull’s nose and eyeholes have lost their soft tissue and adopted the make-up of the ground from which the head […read more….]