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Knitting and Poetry – Seamus Heaney September 20, 2009

Filed under: Knitting,Poetry — Janet @ 8:53 pm

After a comment by Yarnerinas on one of my previous blogs, I have been searching and searching for a particular poem by Seamus Heaney.  

      seamus_heaney_reads image from edinburgh book festival  Seamus Heaney reads (Image from Edinburgh Book Festival 2009)

 The title I had to go by was A Hank of Wool.  Despite looking through various anthologies and individual volumes of his poetry, the best I ccould come up with is just an extract from a Seamus Heaney website    as follows:

…….. in an uncollected poem, “A Hank of Wool: i.m. Elizabeth Bishop,” an allusion signals the shift from the literal to the figurative level. The poet first recalls a conversation with Bishop concerning knitting and then invites her to “come back in a cardigan”

so that we can imagine

the click and flash of needles,

see them like fireflies

in our tranquil recollection

of those supple mysteries,

knit one, drop one, slip one […] (261)


2 Responses to “Knitting and Poetry – Seamus Heaney”

  1. mlegan Says:

    Thanks, Janet! No wonder I couldn’t find it, I’m just an amateur in these matters. Maybe this will help turn up the entire poem.

  2. Janet Says:

    Well, good luck. I’ve had an enjoyable time looking for it.

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