Saturday 29 April 2017

The weather has long inspired our writers - they'll have their work cut out in future

The weather is a constant theme in the poetry of Seamus Heaney
The weather is a constant theme in the poetry of Seamus Heaney

This Saturday marks the first anniversary of Seamus Heaney's passing. Coincidentally I picked up his anthology of poetry Wintering Out recently and enjoyed reading 'Gifts of Rain'. It made me reflect on how those in 'the arts' have often used weather conditions as a backdrop to their narratives and how it has allowed them to structure their work and highlight themes.

Many famous iconic pieces that have done so spring to mind.

It is no coincidence that Shakespeare opens his tragedy Macbeth in a thunderstorm, which then sets the tone for an ominous play, full of unsettled and unbalanced emotions.

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