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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Essential Revision Notes

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Lucina Schynning in Silence of the Nicht 5

Summary 5

Annotation 5

The Second Voyage 8

Summary 8

Annotation 9

Deaths and Engines 11

Summary 11

Annotation 11

Street 13

Summary 13

Annotation 13

Fireman’s Lift 14

Summary 14

Annotation 14

Kilcash 16

Summary 16

Annotation 16

Translation 18

Summary 18

Annotation 18

The Bend in the Road 20

Summary 20

Annotation 20

On Lacking the Killer Instinct 21

Summary 21

Annotation 21

To Niall Woods and Xenya Ostrovskaia, married in Dublin on 9 September 2009 23

Summary 23

Annotation 23

Sample Answers 25

‘Ní Chuilleanáin’s demanding subject matter and formidable style can prove challenging.’ 25

Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin on your course. 25

Reading Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin: A Personal Response to her Poetry 29

Lucina Schynning in Silence of the Nicht

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Moon shining in silence of the night
The heaven being full of stars
I was reading my book in a ruin
By a sour candle, without roast meat or music
Strong drink or a shield from the air
Blowing in the crazed window, and I felt
Moonlight on my head, clear after three days' rain.

I washed in cold water; it was orange, channelled down bogs
Dipped between cresses.
The bats flew through my room where I slept safely.
Sheep stared at me when I woke.

Behind me waves of darkness lay, the plague
Of mice, plague of beetles
Crawling out of the spines of books,
Plague shadowing pale faces with clay
The disease of the moon gone astray.

In the desert I relaxed, amazed
As the mosaic beasts on the chapel floor
When Cromwell had departed, and they saw
The sky growing through a hole in the roof.

Sheepdogs embraced me; the grasshopper
Returned with lark and bee.
I looked down between ledges of high thorn and saw
The hare, absorbed, sitting still
In the middle of the track; I heard
Again the chirp in the stream running.

Summary

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