- Join over 1.2 million students every month
- Accelerate your learning by 29%
- Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
Ancestral Photograph - Seamus Heaney.
Are you in the right place?
Jump to Seamus Heaney and see how teachers think you should prepare in:
The first 200 words of this essay...
Ancestral Photograph - Seamus Heaney
1. The poet, Seamus Heaney, is describing his great-uncle from an old photograph that has been on the wall for decades. He is in a pensive mood, thinking about his family's history and his own involvement in it.
2. The picture created of the man is not an attractive one. The opening sentence to the poem, "Jaws puff round and solid as a turnip" makes it seem as if the face is completely smooth, without any interesting features - just like a "turnip". "Jaws puff round" gives the reader an impression that the great-uncle's face is bloated and flabby. The next sentence in the first stanza, "Dead eyes are statue's" suggests that the man is lifeless and that he has a blank expression on his face. The reader also gets the impression that Seamus Heaney's great-uncle is rather unpleasant from the words: "the upper lip bullies the heavy mouth down to a droop". "Droop" might suggest that he is possibly unhappy. The next line: "Whose look has two parts scorn, two parts dead pan" further confirms that the man in the photograph is disagreeable with a vacant look. The last line of
Found what you're looking for?
- Start learning 29% faster today
- Over 150,000 essays available
- Just £6.99 a month
Not the one? We have 100's more
Seamus Heaney (view all)
- Compare the poems 'Mid-Term Break' by Seamus Heaney and ' 'O...
- An analysis of "Follower" by Seamus Heaney
- In the poem 'The Affliction of Margaret', Wordsworth analyse...
- Follower by Seamus Heaney
- 'The Early Purges' by Seamus Heaney focuses on the traumas o...
- How does Heaney make "Mid-Term Break" such a movin...
- In what ways does Heaney vividly convey feelings of disappoi...
- How does Heaney vividly explore the nature of fear in An Adv...
- Mid-Term Break - Adaption from poem to story
- Mid-Term Break: Critical Essay. Heaney reveals his true fee...
""Asmaa, UAE. GCSE Student. Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English.
""Sabrina, Washington. IB English, History, Chemistry, Anthropology.