Poetry Mixtape #40: A Dutch Interior

During Seamus Heaney’s Thursday night reading, he introduced the poem “Mossbawn Sunlight” as a Dutch interior, a poem that wants to be a Vermeer.  You can read the poem below and listen to it here.

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I find the comparison to a Dutch interior a good one – the capturing of a domestic moment of some contemplation, awash with light and depth.  The sounds of the poem (something I appreciate in much of Heaney’s work) are soft and full of the dull rhythms of a day, especially the short u sounds in pump,honeyed, slung, bucket, sun, scuffled,dusts, love,  and sunk. And the last stanza turns the observation to something more -the gleam of love buried to the hilt in duty but present nonetheless.

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If you want to write:

1. Choose a domestic task that you find full of drudgery and try to report it with reverence.

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2. Visit this online catalog of Vermeer paintings. Choose one as an inspiration for a poem.

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