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ISSN : 1226-4946(Print)
ISSN : 2288-5412(Online)
The Yeats Journal of Korea Vol.71 pp.147-170

Fish and Fisherman in Poems of W.B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney: Idealistic, Ecological and Realistic Contemplation

Chang Gyu Seong
Mokwon University


This study undertakes a comparative analysis of poetic imagery within the literary works of W.B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney, delving into their contemplative, meditative, and embodied representations of fish and fishermen. Yeats’s poems, “The Fish” and “The Fisherman,” engage in a profound dialogue between a fisherman and a fish, delving into the ebb and flow of life’s aspirations and anxieties. These verses also exalt the inherent wisdom intertwined with existence. In Heaney’s poems, “Trout,” “The Perch,” and “The Salmon Fisherman to the Salmon,” the utilization of fish imagery serves to juxtapose ecological elements associated with oceans and lakes against the delineations between the ideal and the tangible. Heaney’s portrayal of fish, akin to the eels depicted in “Eelworks,” often symbolizes the transitional boundary between sea and river. This symbolization extends to the adaptable mud, which epitomizes the amalgamation of water and land.





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