Storm on the Island
A Coggle Diagram about ATTIDUDES, IDEAS AND FEELINGS, POEM DICTIONARY (Stooks: Bundles of crop stacked together and left, Strafe: To rake with gunfire at close range, often from the air, Wizened: Dried up and Salvo: Lots of guns firing at once), QUOTES ("Exploding comfortably" - Oxymoron juxtaposes the feelings of fear and safety, "It is huge nothing that we fear" - The storm is invisible there is nothing solid there. This contrasts with the solidity of the rocks at beginning and "We are prepared" - Strong statement that creates a feeling of safety), FSL (LANGUAGE, FORM (Sounds like a conversation, Written in first person plural, Written in blank verse, mirroring patterns of every day speech, Collective, communal experience and It is written as one stanza and so is represented as sturdy like the houses ) and STRUCTURE), CONTEXT/ABOUT POEM (The first 8 letters of the title spell "Stormont" which is the name given to Northern Ireland's parliament, this hints that the storm could be about some violent political disturbances and Could be about disagreements), ABOUT WRITER (Seamus Heaney was a Northern Irish poet and He often wrote about nature, childhood and his homeland) and THE POEM (We are prepared: we build our houses squat,
Sink walls in rock and roof them with good slate.
The wizened earth had never troubled us
With hay, so as you can see, there are no stacks
Or stooks that can be lost. Nor are there trees
Which might prove company when it blows full
Blast: you know what I mean - leaves and branches
Can raise a chorus in a gale
So that you can listen to the thing you fear
Forgetting that it pummels your house too.
But there are no trees, no natural shelter.
You might think that the sea is company,
Exploding comfortably down on the cliffs
But no: when it begins, the flung spray hits
The very windows, spits like a tame cat
Turned savage. We just sit tight while wind dives
And strafes invisibly. Space is a salvo.
We are bombarded by the empty air.
Strange, it is a huge nothing that we fear.)