Throughout Seamus Heaney’s poem “The Barn” he gives a dark feeling throughout which possibly represents the loss of innocence following the rest of his themes in all his poems. A dark feeling is usually when something doesn’t feel right or dark and a not very happy feeling or setting. Something dark could also be accompanied with different types of tragedies or even unhappiness. Throughout Heaney’s book of poems, “A Death of a Naturalist” a lot of his poems are about a loss of innocence and usually have a dark feeling. “The Barn” is one of the many poems that have a dark feeling to it which makes his work so interesting. Darkness also could represent a sense of fear and an example of that is when a child is afraid of the dark. Everybody has some kind of fear in their life which is why there is a lot of darkness in the world. Loss of innocence is when someone loses themselves as a child. The significance of the title “The Barn” is that while young Heaney was growing , he grew up on a farm and most farms have a barn so, he is reflecting on the barn on his families barn which he seemed to be not fond of. Heaney demonstrates a dark feeling through the diction of the poem, he portrays himself meaning a personna, and lastly he uses tone/mood in his poem. Heaney’s poem “The Barn” he uses diction the is perhaps dark in his poem to give the reader a weird and dark feeling. With the use of dark diction Heaney illustrates, “ The dark gulfed like a roof-space” (17). Heaney uses the word “dark” in the beginning part of the line which demonstrates that darkness is going to play a huge role in the poem and will also experience loss of innocence. The last part of the line it says, “gulfed like a roof space” which illuminates that in parts of the barn the roof is collapsed. The fact that he uses the diction he is demonstrating that it’s so dark in the barn its sparking a dark feeling and a little bit of fear. Heaney continues to illustrate, “The musky dark hoarded an armoury” (3). When Heaney illustrates “the musky dark” it demonstrates that the barn is dusty or humid and it has not light. When Heaney establishes in the “hoarded an armoury” he displays the barn holds all of the farming tools his family need to run their family farm. The poem continues reading, “And into nights when bats were on the wing” (14). Heaney uses words in his poem such as “nights” which displays darkness because the sky is pitch black during most nights. Heaney also uses words such as “bat” which also represents darkness and could also spark up fear. Heaney uses dark diction when he wrote this poem and he also mentions the word dark a lot throughout the poem. This represents loss of innocence because when someone is a child they think of light but when the innocence is lost they think of dark. Throughout “The Barn” uses his poem to write personna about how he grew up on a farm with a “dark” barn. In Heaney’s poem he demonstrates, “I lay face-down” (19). Heaney uses personal pronouns in his poems to portray that he he speaking about himself. The meaning of this line is that he doesn’t want to look up from the ground because he is afraid of losing his innocence. When explaining the family barn he seems to be afraid to go in there because he may lose his innocence. Heaney continues illustrating in his poem, “I was chaff” (17). Heaney continues using personal pronouns throughout the poem. The word chaff means husks of corn which illustrates that Heaney is relating himself to husks of corn and since he grew up on a farm it makes sense that he relates himself to this.


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