Heaney, Seamus. "Blackberry-picking".
- the speaker describes the ripening blackberries, the lustful gathering of the intoxicating fruit, and the deep disappointment over its going foul every time after being taken for storing
- sadly states he is always sticking to the hope the berries would not rot next year though he rationally knows they would
- free verse, irregular rhyme; melodic
- strikingly sensuous in the images of ripe fruit
- simple yet moving: relates a child's disappointment to a larger adult's discomfort
- the theme of decay of anything removed from its natural conditions and surroundings
- suggests broader hints of patriotic sentiments and the idea of hoping for improvement
AuthorHeaney, Seamus. (b. 1939).
Heaney, Seamus. "Blackberry-picking". Opened Ground: Poems 1966 - 1996. London: Faber and Faber, 1998.