Nature is a very important part of survival to the humanity. The two Seamus poems brings out how nature is used by the humans and the poems tries to elaborate how the nature is treated with a lot of atrocity by humans who depend on it. The poems directly point how the human are very careless about nature and the environment. The persona in the poems speaks with a lot of contemptuous attitude. In addition, to the attitude the poem uses the sarcasm to convey out the message of carelessness.
In the first poem ‘The Toome Road’ nature is overburdened by the wait of the heavy trucks that step on the lands and cause damage to the soils. “One morning early I met armoured cars In convoy, warbling along on powerful tyres” (Heaney 1993). Ironically it is the same nature where the humans borrow the ideas of technology and get refuge from. “All camouflaged with broken alder branches” The poem show how the humans including the ones who are the guardians of security misuse the nature and no one will condemn the bad practice. This evident in the tenth line “Whom should I run to tell Among all of those with their backdoors on the latch”
The second poem “ The Tollund Man” represents the environmental degradation caused by the human activities (Tobin 2014) . The following lines attest that the persona wishes to go and see the town where urbanization has taken the lands.
“someday I will go to Arrhus
To see his peat-brown head,
The mild pods of his eye-lids,
His pointed skin cap”
This shows clearly that urbanization has occupied the larger parts of the lands and there is no more plantation in the environment except for the tall buildings. The persona adds that everyone points the big city and admire it silently yet it is a form environmental misuse with emission fumes and will forever loose its beautiful nature.
“Out here in Jutland
In the old man-killing parishes
I will feel lost,
Unhappy and at home”
The environment is only important to humans for only a purpose of gains from its fertility (Heaney 1987). That is the humans are happy about the progress and use of the lands but take less concerned on the loose of beautiful nature of the environment.
Heaney, Seamus. Selected Poems 1966-1987. Macmillan, 2014.
Tobin, Daniel. Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.