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Suggested tasks for students

Questions on the poem

  1. What is revealed of the thatcher’s personality as he turned up ‘Unexpectedly’?
  2. Which word in stanza 1 suggests the thatcher’s expertise?
  3. Outline the preparations made by the thatcher in stanza 2.
  4. Select the verbs which suggest the activity and skill involved in the process.
  5. How does Heaney convey the natural rhythms of speech: the use of pause, syntax, rhythm and so on?
  6. How does Heaney express the motion of his activity in stanza 3?
  7. How does Heaney convey the magical quality of his work?
  8. Trace the development of the extended metaphor in which Heaney compares the process of thatching to that of writing.

Area for discussion

Demands of rural life and work on the family