Seamus Heaney

Castledàwson, County Londonderry
Seamus Heaney
Castledàwson, County Londonderry
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Tankas For Toraiwa

Rating: 4.9
I loved to carry
Her violin case, its nose
In air, its back end
Nice and heavy, the balance
Factored in and factored out.

Every time she placed
Her two thumbs to the two snibs
And opened the lid
She couldn’t help a quick frown
(Disguised pleasure?) as she checked.
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Bill Wright 03 September 2016
I wonder if this is the story of an old girlfriend of Heaney's. Not sure I understand the significance of the last verse.
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Fabrizio Frosini 23 May 2016
6 * tanka structured (5-7-5-7-7 syllables) stanzas - even if they are not 'traditional' tanka. - * Also the last one has a syllabic structure of a tanka, if you consider British English: 'quizzed' = 1 syllable in British English (even if 2 syllables in American English)
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