|The monastery and lobster boats at Lindisfarne|
The poem, which is not the easiest read (e.g. a hauberk is a chain mail tunic; to "thole" is to tolerate), is a read-aloud to grasp the sometimes gruff onomatopoeia which evokes Heaney's language. The first three stanzas are below. Click on the title to go to the full poem on the TLS website.