Mar. 17, 2014 by Darius
While doing research on Northern Ireland, I re-discovered a passage from Irish poet Seamus Heaney’s book The Cure at Troy. The Cure at Troy is Heaney’s adaptation of Sophocles’s play Philoctetes and takes place during the Trojan War. It is about the need for reconciliation in order to move forward. Heaney wrote his adaptation with South Africa in mind, but many also see parallels to Northern Ireland.
To mark St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d share this passage from the end of The Cure at Troy:“History says, Don’t hope On this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime The longed for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme. So hope for a great sea-change On the far side of revenge. Believe that a further shore Is reachable from here. Believe in miracles And cures and healing wells.”