The Tollund Man in Springtime

Heaney first introduced Tollund Man in his collection ‘Wintering Out’ of 1972; further background information is provided at the end of this section. A sequence about ‘green’ issues: six sonnets explore the tensions between the unspoilt purity of the past and the destructiveness of progress and pollution. Heaney reintroduces his iron-age hero, whose sacrificially murdered body had been miraculously preserved […]