The ledger provides the next image and young Heaney compares it to the 'domesday book' which links us to the idea of religion. The poet describes a policeman making an official visit to his father's farm at Mossbawn. Heaney suggests that the pedal was relieved when the policeman got off. In this poem, Heaney describes props. The young Heaney - perhaps aged 10 watches his Roman Catholic father being questioned by a Protestant police constable. Imagining the black hole in the barracks. He felt the boot might injure his family.
The last line of the poem contains a poetic technique called onomatapeia. How much hatred did the Catholics have against Protestants, it can be seen in this poem. The props in this poem include a bicycle, a uniform, a book, a baton and a gun. All of the words used by Heaney show how frightened the child Heaney was. The child is definitely Heaney and when he glances on the handles of bicycle, they become alive and simultaneously horrible in his imagination.
The first group contains seven bicycle images. The policeman was fixing the record book securely on the carrier. Besides, there have been violent clashes between the Catholics and the Protestants. The first group contains seven bicycle images. The poem, in fact, is description of Irish society, which was living in a tense environment. Then Heaney tells us what his father was doing with the policeman.
It exists as a presence or a possibility throughout the poem. Young Heaney dreaded this book. The setting for the poem is the Heaney family farm at Mossbawn. This hard sound increases the atmosphere of fear. All he can hear now is the ticking of the bicycle. It frightened the child Heaney.
His deliberate preparations completed the officer remounts his bicycle. He was recording the crops grown on his farm. We also know how scared Heaney is, which is perceptible from the great detail he talks about the gun. Stanza Three Heaney describes the policeman's hat. He had unstrapped The heavy ledger, and my father Was making tillage returns In acres, roods, and perches.
But the last line is another joke. It may also show his feeling of power. This sound could refer to the tensions between the Catholic families and the Protestant police force. The tone of the poem is one of fear. Or even just a brief synopsis of the troubles in Northern Ireland. It shows that Heaney thought the policeman was dangerous.
The pedals were under his power and control. The questions are bad-tempered and rude. The fact that the policeman's forehead is sweaty might hint at the policeman's feeling of discomfort upon visiting the Heaney home. During this stanza, Heaney also notices the gun holster of the policeman. Rhyming There is no regular rhyming pattern in this lyric.
It is written in the past tense. And the poem records the family's response to that power partly in Heaney's father's lie but also in the line 'Arithmetic and fear. Heaney thinks that poets should not meddle in politics. The poem shows us the tension Heaney felt during the visit. It takes place in the family home with his father. The words show us the fear young Heaney had. He thought the policeman was violent.
It is described as standing by the window sill giving us an idea of the bicycles power. During the visit, the policeman wrote down crop totals for the farm. His hat is on the floor: nobody has taken it from him or offered him a place to put it. Stanza Four Stanza Two The second stanza continues Heaney's description of the bicycle. During the visit, the policeman wrote down crop totals for the farm.
Then the poet injects a change of mood, a sense of threat: the dynamo out of use during daylight is cocked back just as the firing lever of a revolver or the safety-catch of a grenade might be in threatening circumstances. Secondly it's a poem that communicates a moment of epiphany - an experience of intense, powerful and vivid insight. He particularly looks at the butt of the revolver the constable carries. The only line rhyme is between the second and fourth lines of the third stanza. There is something shadowy about the descriptions of him throughout the poem.