Flashcards in Storm on the Island Deck (50)
Who wrote the poem?
What technique is used here "We are prepared: we build our houses squat"
What does the line "We are prepared: we build our houses squat" imply about the island?
Storms happen often so they build low houses
"This wizened earth has never troubled us". What does "wizened" mean?
Old, shrivelled and experienced
What is the effect created by the line "blows full blast"?
The repeated "bl" sound provides emphasis
"It pummels your house too". What kind of word is "pummels"?
What is the effect of the line "it pummels your house"?
The verb choice sounds really violent
It's a personification of the wind
"But there are no trees, no natural shelter". How does the speaker feel about the island?
He resents the fact there isn't any shelter in a storm
The wind "spits like a tame cat turned savage". What technique has the writer used?
What is the effect of the repeated "S" sound in "spits like a tame cat turned savage".?
It actually sounds like a spitting cat
"Space is a salvo". What does "salvo" mean?
Rapid firing of artillery
What does "Strange, it is a huge nothing that we fear" suggest?
We are afraid of something that can't really hurt us
The storm is just empty air, not a real threat
What is the theme explored in this poem?
The power of nature
Fear and Isolation
What other poem in the cluster looks at the power of nature?
Exposure and The Prelude
Where is the poet from?
What is a lot of Seamus' poetry about?
The countryside and farm life of his childhood
What conflict is the poem about?
The violence in Northern Ireland
"We are prepared" What tone does this convey?
"as you see" (line 4), "you know what I mean" (line 7),"You might think" (line 12)
are common conversational tags and convey a familiar, friendly tone
The poem is written in unrhymed lines each containing five beats or feet. Otherwise known as
What is the effect on the reader of this use of blank verse by Heaney?
gives the poem a conversational rhythm
What ideas does the poet explore?
In-hospitality and cruelty of nature
How is man presented as in the poem?
Man is presented as insignificant compared to the natural world. The poem emphasises these feelings of helplessness.
What does the poem encourage the reader to do?
The poem encourages readers to question the source of human fear: is it the unknown that frightens us the most?
What is Stormont?
Stormont is a suburb of Belfast. It was the site of Parliament House from 1928–30.
What can the poem be interpreted as a metaphor for?
The poem has also been interpreted as a metaphor for the conflict in Northern Ireland.
The poem shows the community's feelings of security turn into...
What are some of the key ideas raised in the poem?
Man's insignificance compared to nature
Inhospitality and credulity of nature
Complete the sentence:
The rhythm and rhyme scheme are unpredictable...
... reflecting the unpredictable nature of the storm.