My love that is favourite poem checks out such as for instance a love poem at all. In Seamus Heaney’s “Scaffolding,” the belated poet that is irish the wedding he shares together with wife Marie never to a rose or perhaps a springtime or birdsong but towards the scaffolding that masons erect when beginning construction for a building.
Masons, Heaney writes, “Are careful to check the scaffolding out; / Make certain that planks won’t slide at busy points, / Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints;” — work that is maybe maybe perhaps not allocated to the edifice it self but supports the higher strive in the future. Their care just takes care of “when the job’s done,” when “all this comes down” to show “walls of yes and solid stone.” Such, he suggests, is love: that we’ve built our wall surface. if you put in the time and effort, fan and beloved can “let the scaffolds fall / Confident”
Everyone loves much about that poem — its solidness, its succinctness, its easy, workmanlike quality. The majority of all though, i really like just exactly how utterly unromantic it really is. In five crisp couplets, Heaney reminds us that love — and wedding particularly — is mysticism that is n’t. It’s maybe perhaps maybe not guesswork. (more…)