wisdom" of the poems, the way in which Heaney practices his art "secure in the grounded trust that he is trusted" by his readers as a good-hearted, square-dealing, scrupulously undeceived sort of poet is, for Ricks, the expression--and the encouragement--of a benign political perspective:
Heaney's poems matter because their uncomplacent
wisdom of trust is felt upon the pulses, his and ours, and they effect this because they themselves constitute a living relationship of trust between him and us." In an "Ireland torn by reasonable and unreasonable distrust and mistrust" the "resilient strength of these poems is in the equanimity even of their surprise at some blessed moment of everyday trust."(3) At first glance, it would seem that Heaney's new trust arose from his new sense of a 'trusting' audience, of the assumed covenant between himself and his new community of predominantly Catholic and Republican citizens in the South.