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Question On the surface Heaneys poems are very simple This simplicity however is deceptive for the poems are usually most subtle and complex What do you think of this response to Heaneys poems Heaneys poetry may at first initially seem simple yet his poems do contain more complex underlying themes and ideas Heaney has refined his poetry to such a simple state such as in Punishment Blackberry Picking and Death of a Naturalist that his poems are superficially simple yet have complex thought provoking ideas seeded deeper below This initial simplicity is seen in the poem Punishment yet is deceptive as the poem deals with many other complicated and sophisticated ideas in relation to human nature and anthropology The poem may seem simple at first such as your brains exposed and darkened combs your muscles webbing and all your numbered bones Stanza 9 These lines indicated the straight forward almost scientific nature of the poem through Heaneys choice of unemotive words This simplicity is seen throughout the poem where the reader initially could perceive the poem to solely be about the life and appearance of a bog woman However at a deeper level Heaney looks at the very human society functions both in ancient and present times This us summed up at the end of the poem who would connive in civilized outrage yet understand the exact and tribal intimate revenge Stanza 11 Heaney here writes that he does not only feel empathy and sympathy towards the little Adulteress but is also able to detach himself from his emotions and look at her death as a function of an ancient tribal system The role which the bog woman played in her society is further elaborated to the role in which she would have played in contemporary society When your betraying sisters cauled in tar wept by the railings Stanza 10 This comparison of the womans sacrificial death in the past and in modern Ireland in
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