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'The Grauballe Man' and other Heaney poems about the bog people of Jutland are discussed, with particular reference to 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland. Heaney reads an excerpt and explains, although the poems can be linked to recent history, they were not intended to be allegorical.
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8 April 2004

Classroom Ideas

Could contribute to a study of Heaney's bog poems. Students can consider the poet's comment on over-interpreting a poem and discuss the distinction between a writer's intent and additional meanings.