There is a deep but almost hidden respect for the father, acknowledged as an expert. First published in in the book Death of a Naturalist, Follower is one of many early poems Heaney wrote about his family and in particular his father.
This is how God addresses Ezekiel, and the use of it in the poem elevates Eliot to a god-like position, and reduces the reader to nothing more than a follower; this could also have been put in as a response to the vast advancements of the time, where science made great leaps of technology, however the spiritual and cultural sectors of the world lay forgotten, according to Eliot.
Eliot himself noted that this is from Ecclesiastes 12, a book within the Bible that discuss the meaning of life, and the borne duty of man to appreciate his life. The references to shadows seems to imply that there is something larger and far more greater than the reader skulking along beside the poem, lending it an air of menace and the narrator an air of omnipotence, of being everywhere at once.
The German in the middle is from Tristan and Isolde, and it concerns the nature of love — love, like life, is something given by God, and humankind should appreciate it because it so very easily disappears.
In Tristan and Isolde, the main idea behind the opera is that while death conquers all and unites grieving lovers, love itself only causes problems in the first place, and therefore it is death that should be celebrated, and not love. Hyacinth was a young Spartan prince who caught the eye of Apollo, and in a tragic accident, Appollo killed him with his discus.
Mourning his lover, Apollo turned the drops of blood into flowers, and thus was born the flower Hyacinth. There are twofold reasons for the reference to Hyacinth: However, to continue with the same theme in the poem, the evidence of love will be lost to death, and there will be nothing more existing.
Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyante, Had a bad cold, nevertheless Is known to be the wisest woman in Europe, With a wicked pack of cards.
Here, said she, Is your card, the drowned Phoenician Sailor, Those are pearls that were his eyes. Here is Belladonna, the Lady of the Rocks, The lady of situations.
Here is the man with three staves, and here the Wheel, And here is the one-eyed merchant, and this card, Which is blank, is something he carries on his back, Which I am forbidden to see.
I do not find The Hanged Man. Fear death by water. I see crowds of people, walking round in a ring. If you see dear Mrs.
Equitone, Tell her I bring the horoscope myself: One must be so careful these days. On the surface of the poem the poet reproduces the patter of the charlatan, Madame Sosostris, and there is the surface irony: But each of the details justified realistically in the palaver of the fortune-teller assumes a new meaning in the general context of the poem.
The surface irony is thus reversed and becomes an irony on a deeper level.T.S. Eliot was no stranger to classical literature. Early on in his life, due to a congenital illness, he found his refuge in books and stories, and this is where the classics-studded poem The Waste Land stems from.
Drawing allusions from everything from the Fisher King to Buddhism, The Waste Land was published in , and remains one of the most important Modernist texts to date. A resource with Powerpoint lesson presentation analysing the poem 'Follower' by Heaney. The poem, Follower, has many of the aspects which characterize the poems of Seamus ashio-midori.com grown up in an area of Northern Ireland that greatly valued, family, hard work, and farming, Heaney’s poems often reflect all of these values at once.
Power Point to support the analysis of the poem, 'In Romney Marsh', by John Davidson. Please note this is not meant to be definitive but merely a starting point.
Jan 03, · A brief analysis of Seamus Heaney’s “Follower” Posted on January 3, by Emma Lee Often shared as one of Heaney’s seminal poems, Follower finds itself once again the study of subject for AQA GCSE English Literature.
"Havisham" is a poem written in by Carol Ann Duffy.
It responds to Charles Dickens' character Miss Havisham from his novel Great Expectations, looking at Havisham's mental and physical state many decades after being left standing at the altar, when the bride-to-be is in her old age. It expresses Havisham's anger at her fiancé and her bitter rage over wedding-day trauma and jilted.