Seamus Heaney - Súgán - Poetry Analysis

Súgán

Súgán   In Irish Gaelic súgán refers to a kind of straw rope with a variety of uses, for example chair seats; this piece follows the traditional weaving method. The poet himself is managing the system. The raw material is portrayed in a series of sibilants: The fluster of that soft supply. Dexterity was required to coax ( ) it/ from the ruck and feed it into the weaving machine. By using alliterative groupings Heaney succeeds in conveying both the mechanics, sounds and outcome of the process: taken in by furl and swivel,/ Turned and tightened, rickety-rick, to rope. At the production end of the process Heaney has a much more physical role, ensuring the length and strength of ‘súgán’, Walking backwards, winding for all I was worth/ By snag and by sag the long and the short of it/ To make ends mesh: a two-handed task, with winder in […read more….]