Seamus Heaney - The Birthplace - Poetry Analysis

The Birthplace

The Birthplace Heaney and his wife are at Upper Bockhampton near Dorchester paying their respect to the spirit of English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). The 3-poem sequence explores associations with the poet and his birthplace.   Heaney recalled the experienceslipping in en passant a reference to the significance of ‘station’ in a collection that includes the word in its title:The trees around the place, the thatched roof, the small rooms, all reminded me of Mossbawn. But that wasn’t the only reason I wrote it; there was also the fact that Hardy’s novels and poems were so much part of me by the time I got there. In fact, the grave in Stinsford churchyard and the house in Upper Bockharnpton are literary ‘stations’ I keep going back to(DOD p252). I Heaney describes the place where Hardy worked and rested; the frugality of his first-floor work-space reflects the modest circumstances […read more….]