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March 10, 2020


#ReadIreland 2020 Station Island (67 poems)

by N@ncy

  • Author: Seamus Heaney
  • Title: Station Island
  • Published: 1984
  • Dedicated to:  Irish playwright Brian Friel
  • List of Challenges 2020
  • Monthly plan
  • #ReadingIrelandMonth20
  • #Begorrathon20



  1. Station Island is an intensebook of 67 poems
  2. …each one worth you reading time.
  3. The poems left me breathless.
  4. It took me 2 days to read 123 pages!!
  5. Reading Seamus Heaney’s poetry is only
  6. known by experience…rather than reason.
  7. Favorite poem: Station Island nr XII
  8. Seamus meets his last guide on the pilgrimage
  9. …James. Joyce.
  10. Joyce’s advice is timeless
  11. …not only meant for Heaney…but for us all:
  12. “Let go, let fly. forget.
    You’ve listened long enough.
    Now strike your note.”
  13. Joyce urges the complete opposite of the
  14. collective Catholic pilgrimage (Station Island)
  15. …but favors individualism!
  16. In other words
  17. ….shed your Catholic orthodoxy and reveal a new self.
  18. #ChapeauAuBas
  19. ….Seamus Heaney!
  20. #MustRead
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  1. Mar 10 2020

    Strike Your Note – words to live by!

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    • Mar 10 2020

      Also in Station Island XII I was inspired by the words
      I can use when I get into a ‘blogging/writing dip’:

      “So get back in harness.
      The main thing is to write for the joy of it.
      Cultivate a work-lust that imagines its haven
      …like your hands at night….”

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  2. Mar 10 2020

    Seamus Heaney
    …goosebumps when I read some of his
    insights….just a genius writer!
    Erin Go Bragh!



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