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The poem "Honeymoon Flight", by Seamus Heaney, speaks about the voyage of two newlyweds towards their honeymoon destination

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20-11-2006 Emilienne Agius Honeymoon Flight Seamus Heaney The poem "Honeymoon Flight", by Seamus Heaney, speaks about the voyage of two newlyweds towards their honeymoon destination. However this poem has a lot more meanings found between the lines which one may miss out upon a first reading. It reflects on both the positive and negative feelings of a married couple and the ups and downs found in a relationship. The poet also uses color imagery to express different feelings and emotions, like the "dark", "grey" instance of his life. Its flowing tempo represents this 'voyage' of marriage, a bland voyage which at moments is interrupted by the problems of life. The first stanza represents the departure of this life-long journey. This stanza consists of many monosyllabic words; therefore the tempo is neither quick nor too slow. Thus their departure is going according to plan, smoothly, and so is the new married life of this couple. The "patchwork earth" may be representing the couple who, after both bitter and content moments, have arrived to where they are today, conjugality. ...read more.

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However, the flowing tempo is interrupted by a sudden halt, "The engine noises change. You look at me." This shows his insecurity, the fears most persons feel when taking an important decision which will change your life forever. Whenever he looks at his partner, he sees her expectations from him and the responsibility starts weighing on him. The love he had previously treated with frivolity now carries serious connotations; it is a love which must last a lifetime. "The coastline slip [ping] away" is his past life disappearing, fading away. In the third stanza Heaney introduces a new perspective to his poem, a religious aspect and a new voice of hope and regained security. He mentions that they have entered or "launched" themselves into a new spiritual life of unity. The "fire" may also bring to mind Pentecost because like the apostles were blesses with tongues of fire, so is the couple blesses by the love of God. They have been blesses with a power which allows them to face each day and each dilemma with a new light of hope and bravery brought about by their mutual love, just like Jesus managed to do the impossible by walking on "water". ...read more.

Conclusion

Again Heaney adds religious connotations to his poem, "A calm voice [which] talks [out] of clouds". This reminds us of Jesus' baptism, when God spoke out of a cloud and blessed his son. Similarly the couple has been baptized so as to be able to start a new life with the benediction of the priest and the holy sacrament of matrimony (God). As they go down towards their destination their emotions keep scrambling with "fear" and joy for their unknown future as a married couple. They have become "travelers" entering a new life with "trust" and love as their supporting companions. This poem has the ability to shed light upon real emotions of what newlyweds feel before taking this important step in their lives, their fears and their passion. It is a sacred voyage where two persons are united and become one. However this voyage, like any other, has its adversities and rewards. However the enjambments show a positive side to this voyage, how smooth and pleasurable it can be. Heaney has managed to reach out to his audience through a metaphorical voyage of emotions towards his conjugal life. ...read more.

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