A bracing, surprising simile for presenting something as a picture of health and wholesomeness. Here it is about reading material, but it could apply to anything else.
Our Boys appeared regularly, a cultural antidote with official home backing, healthy as a Christian Brother on a winter morning, the first step towards Ireland’s Own.
In these pandemic times, may you radiate such resounding health, especially on winter mornings.
For a rich selection of other Heaney similes and metaphors, see our celebration of Beowulf, both his version and that of Kevin Crossley-Holland.
Source: Seamus Heaney, Finders Keepers: Selected prose 1971-2001 (London: Faber and Faber, 2003), p. 8
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