Literary Analysis Of Seamus Heaney's Storm On The Island

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“Strange, it is a huge nothing we fear” is the last line in Seamus Heaney’s poem, “Storm on the Island”. Written by a Northern Irish, and Nobel Prize winner, Heaney, the poem’s setting was influenced by the writer’s countryside lifestyle. The reader can infer from the title of the poem that it revolves around nature. The setting of an island immediately plants a sense of isolation, and anxiety; however, the poem sprouts threads of various themes. In dominance of all, the author frequently refers to one, that is, despite the frequent trials of overcoming fears and preparations made, one cannot control the arbitrary storm. The author begins with a warlike toned line determining that preparations are made. He describes the solid houses, rigid roofs, and the slight chances of destruction. In preparations of facing one’s fear, one must be set to confront conflict physically and mentally. As the wind begins to blow, Heaney’s words expose fear triggered by “the wind [that] blows full blast” (6-7). The author then imposes the previous misconception he makes the ability to resist the impending storm. Subsequently, he realizes the insecurity and instability of shelter and resources against the storm saying, “but there are no trees, no natural shelter” (11). Although the author seems confident at the beginning, his feelings alternate to vulnerability and horror. He explains, “The flung spray hits the very windows” (14-15). The author finalizes his concepts through signifying nature’s

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