Storm On The Island by Seamus Heaney (Structure- (Shift from security to…
Storm On The Island by Seamus Heaney
Community well prepared for storm Confidence disappears fear as storm hits island
blank verse everyday speech makes it sound like convosation
one stanza - compact and heavy like houses
Shift from security to fear
"but no" turning point volta
caesura reflecting calm before storm
Contrasting descriptions of safety and fear -
Beginning with words of security and safety.
Tone changes- sense of danger familiar things become frightening
Envolves reader- directly "you"
storm is violent- war like terms "salvo" "strafes" "bombards"
Metaphors personification emphasise danger
use of sounds-
forceful "blasts". assonant sibilance reflects nose of wind and waves
Feelings and attitudes-
safety-well prepared for storm
Fear - security turns into fear changes become frightening
Helplessness- can't do anything about fear wait for storm to Finnish nature is presented as powerful and relentless