Seamus Heaney - Viking Dublin: Trial Pieces - Poetry Analysis

Viking Dublin: Trial Pieces

Viking Dublin: Trial Pieces ‘Then there was the Viking Dublin exhibit in the National Museum, based on the dig being done by Brendán Ó Ríordáin at the Wood Quay site’ (DOD p.163); . Dublin was founded by the Norwegian Vikings in 841AD. A sequence of 6 poems; Heaney permits his imagination free rein in pursuit of Viking links with Dublin and by extension with Irish language and culture. I considers evidence offered by an early Norse record of its culture: the speaker reflects upon the significance of marks inscribed on a bone by a child of ancient Norse origins. II ponders the meaning of other exhibits and pictures bequeathed by the ninth-century arrival of Viking explorers on the Liffey river. III explores the retrieval of the inscribed bone from the Viking longship in which it has lain preserved for more than a thousand years. IV generates a drama of personal […read more….]