A few draughts of head-clearing airiness are a great way to start the new year.  I also like Heaney’s use of building similes in his response to Yeats’ poem, ‘The Tower’:

… the tower’s stoniness is repeated in the lean, clean-chiselled, high-built verse form; its head-clearing airiness is present in the rise and enjambment of the three-stressed line.

The poem can be read here.

Source: Seamus Heaney, Finders Keepers: Selected prose 1971-2001 (London: Faber and Faber, 2003), p. 235


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