Analysis Of The Poem ' By Seamus Heaney Essay

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Paper One: Twice Shy by Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney’s poem “Twice Shy” is the description of a walk that a boy and a girl, presumably two young adolescent lovers, in the warmth of spring. The poem traces the excitement of sexual attraction and primitive love, yet divides when it comes to the appearance of the intimacy, versus the reality of it. While Seamus Heaney’s poem “Twice Shy” seems to portray a natural and conventional attitude of adolescent dating such as the nervousness and indecisive revealed in the poem, the use of various literary devices reveals a message that insinuates the difficulties of emotional turmoil, the scars of heartbreak, the dangers of love, and the desperation to move forward in life.
The structure of the poem is split into five stanzas, each containing six lines, which represent the stages that the speaker experiences throughout this journey. The first stanza is an introduction to his attraction towards the sophisticated female, seen from his attentiveness to her attire, and how he perceives the beginning of this journey with her. The second and third stanza sets the tone of the relationship’s uneasiness, the fourth stanza attributes this uneasiness to the speaker and the woman’s respective unsavoury romantic past, and the last stanza highlights the vacancy that still exists in the relationship at the end of the walk. The stanzas are also structured this way to serve as a way to highlight and mirror the tension and nervousness of the speaker.…

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