| Quote #1
That the Science of Cartography is Limited
-and not simply by the fact that this shading of
The speaker's understanding of her fair country goes beyond looking at maps. Her knowledge is sensory: she knows Ireland through the look and smell of forest.
| Quote #2
When you and I were first in love we drove
Look down you said: this was once a famine road.
I looked down at ivy and the scutch grass
The speaker's recognition of the famine road is recognition of how the road (and thus the land's history) has been obscured. The grass has grown over the stones. Deep. We know.
| Quote #3
as you told me
1847, when the crop had failed twice,
Where they died, there the road ended (11-16)
The speaker's beloved knows the history behind this strange road that doesn't exist on maps. And it's not a happy history. The history of Ireland during the 1840s is one of cruelty, pain, and suffering. We sure are glad that whole potato blight bit got sorted out.