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Seamus Heaneys Blackberry-Picking expresses desire hope and disappointment through his love for nature The poem moves eloquently into the last stanza where he reveals that he is unable to fulfill his desires The first line of the poem provides the tone Late August given heavy rain and sun 1 The setting is late August one of the hottest months of the year insinuating the poems context as lustful or passionate Heaney includes that in this month there was heavy rain and sun heavy rain and sun can represent moods of depression or letdown and hope which sets up the contrasting views throughout the poem Heaney begins to describe the blackberry picking process He mentions that it begins with just one a glossy purple clot I think he is reflecting on how the feeling of wanting and yearning begins with the knowledge that there in fact does exist such a temptation It is not until you experience the temptation first hand however that the attraction is strengthened You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet 5 Heaney is creating images of lust with a hint of danger by contrasting the words flesh with sweet Heaney chose specific words for this poem that reference the most primitive aspects of human beings the body and our insatiable need to lust For example clot flesh blood lust and hunger The poem suggests its first turn when Heaney describes the blackberries summers blood was in itleaving stains upon the tongue and lust forPicking 6-8 Heaney is experiencing the blackberries staining his tongue associating his temptations with bad consequences The appeal of the blackberries sent the pickers in poor conditions Where the briars scratched and wet grass bleached our boots 10 Heaney has given a clear indication of people trudging through unpleasant circumstances in order to satisfy their desire for blackberries The last line of the first stanza introduces the poems first real turn Our hands were pepperedWith thorn
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