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Storm on the Island Summary & Analysis
by Seamus Heaney

"Storm on the Island" is a poem by one Ireland's foremost writers, Seamus Heaney. In the poem, an unspecified narrator talks about an isolated island community. These islanders live in fear of a coming storm, and have no trees for shelter. On the surface level, the poem appears to be about nature's ultimate power over humankind. The anticipation of disaster, however, can also be interpreted as a comment on humankind's own capacity for violence, perhaps in relation to the political tensions in Northern Ireland during the 20th century (which became, soon after the poem's publication in 1966, what's now known as the Troubles).

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