An unusual image, of possibility swarming like larvae, ready to burst into butterfly winged realization.
… to swarm with larval possibility.
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. 245
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