Three Drawings

  Three scenes present themselves from memory: the first associated with gaelic football games such as were played at his school (St Columb’s College in Derry), the second from of a pleasure day spent on the riverbank and the third from Norse mythology. On the poet’s journey of re-envisioning, each will fuel the revelatory process going on in Heaney’s mind.  The Point An image of schooldays is suddenly posted on Heaney’s mind-screen (Those were the days – booting a leather football) drawing the acknowledgement that schooling was there to push Heaney as an individual truer and farther than you ever expected! The two principal skills of the game were kicking and catching. The football he kicked crossed uncultured, unfertile surfaces […]