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The Short Story: An Arrow in Flight

In A Story with a Pattern, Mary Lavin’s protagonist is a writer, cornered by a man at a party who complains that her short stories are frustrating because they don’t have a beginning, a middle and an end.  Lavin, could capture stillness like few other writers, beautifully illustrating the fustiness of Irish society in the 1940’s and 50’s and hinting at the subversions rippling beneath the surface. She did this […]

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The Wife’s Tale by Seamus Heaney

This is one of my favourite Seamus Heaney poems. It’s from his 1969 collection, Door into the Dark. I think the key to understanding the poem is the Eleusian mysteries practised by the ancient Greeks. The man in the poem is basically giving the role of the corn goddess, Demeter, to the woman, though she doesn’t know it. It’s a measure of how much he loves her but she is mystified. I think […]

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