Analysis Of The Poem ' Birds Are Not A Beautiful Part Of Nature

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It is very clear that this poem was carefully constructed, it was meant to be read meticulously. The author of the poem has spent hours working with the
“precision of black and white and its close score and countercut that becomes what happens here, between these squat characters and a thinning fiction keen to aspire” (Groarke, 56, 22-26).
Yet even with this meticulous care, the only way to escape the confines of the poem is “by way of leave”, or by flight. This is also, therefore, the only way to leave the physical world and reach the metaphysical one. Alan Gillis has a contrasting perception of birds; birds are not a beautiful part of nature, but another disorderly part of it. No poem is more explicit in its view of birds than the poem ‘Lagan Weir’, which is one of the earliest in his anthology Scapegoat and Other Poems. The poem is made up of four free-verse paragraphs, each nine lines long. Overall, the poem discusses a figure leaning on a bridge, Lagan Weir, and examining the surrounding atmosphere. The figure in the poem notes a very depressing, dark and chaotic world. The birds seem to emphasize this as well throughout the poem, maneuvering the world without a clear sense of direction:
“the flock of starlings skirls back on itself then swerves forward

sky-swarm of starlings swoops and loops
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flickered, fluttered, hurry scurry of Starlings sweeps left, then swishes right” (Gillis, 16, lines 3-4, 11-12, 19-20).
. The birds seem to…

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