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...sibility for standing “dumb” while this violence occurred. Finally, it is in the poem “Summer 1969” that Heaney fully develops his expression of his role as Irish poet. This poem consists of a more meditative approach and he acknowledges his own thinking. He decides that he must take Goya as his role model and accept responsibility for the atrocities in the north and reflect them in his poetry. While “Summer 1969” may not be considered as compelling as the previous two poems mentioned it is the most responsible, honest and well thought-out poem of the three. It was indeed Goya that inspired this change of heart in Heaney when he saw the painter was not afraid to accept responsibility as an artist and allow himself be stained with the blood of history. “...He painted with his fists and elbows, flourished / The stained cape of his heart as history charged”.
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