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Seamus Heaney is widely believed to be one of the finest poets currently active To call him the most important Irish poet since Yeats has become something of a clich1 One of his poems Peninsula published in the collection Door into the Dark is one example of many which constitute a broad image illustrating a split that Heaney as an Irish poet apparently experienced a split between the illiterate self that was tied to the little hills and earthed in the stony gray soil and the literate self2 A poem in the very first sentence introduces a concept of inarticulacy When you have nothing more to say just drive When a poet finds himself in a position of being unable to express himself when there is a silence inside of him he has to give in to the silence and set out on a journey round the peninsula The peninsula which by the definition is simply a narrow strip of land projecting into a sea or lake from the mainland is not any peninsula It is a land without marks which embodies Irish landscape - the land of the silence the old ancestral places Taking into consideration John Montagues words that the whole of the Irish landscape is a manuscript which we have lost the skill to read3 one cannot avoid the conclusion that in a manner of speaking both the place and the man are inarticulate As the work of art can be claimed to be nonexistent until it is read the same can be applied to a place which until it is uncoded is inarticulate The land without marks is a blank spot on the map full of marks full of names The fact results in preventing a man from arriving at any specifically named place but instead makes one pass through the land without hearing the voices of ancestors speaking through nature This suggests that until every aspect of the
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