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Death of a Naturalist, The Road not taken and Not My best side

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Death of a Naturalist, The Road not taken and Not My best side This poem is a fertile mixture of imagery, sounds and an impression created by nature on a person's mind. Heaney feels an outstanding feel of the physical wonders of nature. The poet vividly describes a childhood experience that precipitates a change in the boy from the receptive and protected innocence of childhood to the fear and uncertainty of adolescence. Death of naturalist has emotional images, because it is the poet's memory and he is reminiscing. Heaney uses a number of poetic devices to create images. He uses language such as 'swelters' and 'punishing sun' to create an image of the hot summer that he remembered. The poet brings nature into the poem with the metaphor 'blue bottles'. The first line, "two roads diverged into a yellow wood," starts off the poem explaining 2 choices available to the author in life, using the extended metaphors of "roads" and "wood." ...read more.

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He may have been trying to achieve a universal understanding. In other words, there is no judgement, no specificity, no moral. There is simply a narrator who makes a decision in his life that makes the man who he is now. It allows all readers from all different experiences to relate to the poem. Frost chose what appeared like a 'grassy' road that 'wanted wear' but eventually realized that both the roads had worn out equally. This again relates to life in that when a decision has to be made, the choice should not depend on external appearances. The imagery created is typical of Frost. In many of Frost's poems, nature imagery is always seen. In this poem, the setting itself is in the woods, which provides the most stereotypical image of nature. The title is of a very ambiguous nature. ...read more.

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His character creates an offensive, impolite and abrupt voice. The third monologue is that of George, the knight. He is portrayed not as the heroic figure of St George, but of a modern, technologically minded, self-obsessed man. In the poem, George is very boastful, e.g. 'I have diplomas in Dragon management and Virgin Reclamation', showing the stereotype of a young male. The voice created by this character is very cheerful, not evil and threatening like in the traditional story. This voice is created by word choice, such as 'Poor chap', 'Literally on a string'; these phrases are not associated with evil characters, but more with high-spirited people. The phrases used by the dragon portray how the poem is the inverse of the painting itself. The damsel speaks in the second monologue, and once again is not the stereotypical princess from the traditional story. She is portrayed as more of a modern, feminist woman, who is not enthralled with the knight. ...read more.

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