• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Death of naturalist - review

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Death of naturalist This poem is a fertile mixture of imagery, sounds and an impression created by nature on people's mind. Heaney sensualises an outstanding fear of the physical wonders of the world. He vividly describes his childhood experience that precipitates his change as a boy from the receptive and protected innocence of childhood to the fear and uncertainty of adolescence. As he wonders along the pathways of salient discovery, Heaney's imagination bursts into life. The title of the poem is amusingly ironic - by a naturalist we would normally think of someone with expert scientific knowledge of living things and ecology. The poem 'Death of a naturalist' has quite a lot of emotional images because it's the poet's memory and he is reminiscing. There are a number of poetic devices to create an image. ...read more.

Middle

The frogs are described as 'slime kings' which once again brings out the dominance in nature. Heaney uses onomatopoeia in the words 'slap' and 'plop' to create an image on the readers mind. This section also shows the punishment from offended nature for the boys arrogance - when he sees what nature is really like, he is terrified. This part of the poem is also very ambiguous - we see the horror of the plague of frogs, 'obscene' and gathered' for 'vengeance.' - at least in the child's mind. But we also see the scene a little bit more objectively - as it really was. Young Heaney was always used to seeing nature very close up but perhaps he never went beyond the simple account of 'mommy' and 'daddy frogs'. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the second stanza, it is obvious b y change in language and tone like 'slime' 'gross' and 'angry' that the boy has reached adolescence and has become less oblivious and innocent to the world around him. The naturalist in him is dead. 'Fattening dots burst' shows growth and reproduction' Heaney's school teacher, is hiding the reality of reproduction from the children because they are not ready enough to face and accept the reality of the situation. They are not ready to accept sex. They are irrational. Puberty makes them feel guilty. In the end young Heaney 'sickened, turned, and ran' which shows that he is not yet grown up. In his poem Heaney uses terms that we would not normally expect in another poem. He presents nature as the opposite of beautiful. Heaney shows how children are very igneous and na�ve to the world around them and perceive the world as pure and wholesome. Heaney also shows the transformation from childhood to adulthood. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Seamus Heaney section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Seamus Heaney essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Analyse how Seamus Heaney uses language to convey his childhood experiences to the reader ...

    3 star(s)

    The poet also uses tripling in both his poems. He uses it to show his attitude as a child. In "Death of a Naturalist" the tripling of the adjectives that is used gives us an impression of his fascination: "Warm thick slobber" Sort of slows down the pace and rhythm of the poem.

  2. Peer reviewed

    Compare and contrast 'Death of a naturalist' and 'Catrin'

    3 star(s)

    'Tightening about my life' (line26). But although she shows she doesn't seem to like the child she loves it 'trailing love and conflict' and it all seems just to be fighting for space as it may seem, they argue over small things like people often do 'Still I am fighting you off' (line20).

  1. Explore how Heaney writes about suffering in 'Bye-Child' and in one other poem of ...

    she is holding on longer than needed, showing the guilt and suffering she is going through. In the next stanza, Heaney mentions religion as a reason for this unlawful act, as in 'Bye-Child'. 'She waded in under the sign of her cross', this shows the dangerous rules and restrictive religion

  2. Death of a Naturalist

    Perhaps, as an inquisitive child he felt some pride in not being squeamish - he thinks of the bubbles from the process as gargling "delicately". He is confident in taking the frogspawn - he does it every year, and watches the "jellied specks" become "fattening dots" then turn into tadpoles.

  1. Seamus Heaney.

    the vegetable world ("waterlogged trunks / of great firs"), the animal world ("the skeleton / of the Great Irish Elk"), and the human world ("Butter sunk under / More than a hundred years"). Perhaps with hindsight we see a progression toward the bog's most important preservation, a human being.

  2. "Wintering Out" and "Bye-Child" by Heaney.

    Heaney directs us to believe that Christianity, or what people believe to be Christianity has led her to behave the way she has. Heaney uses animal imagery to describe the child, with continuous reference to the moon. "Westering" is about Heaney's attempt to get away from the troubles of Northern

  1. Drawing examples from a range of poems discuss Heaney's treatment of what he has ...

    As an adult he should be expected to take up his place in the fields but he is now forced to observe from the house: 'I've no spade to follow men like them'. The poem had opened on the lines, 'Between my finger and my thumb/The squat pen rests; snug

  2. Death of a Naturalist - Heaney

    In addition, the personification of frogs as 'mammy' and 'daddy' by the child's teacher reveals to the young and un-nurtured mind the pure existence of nature and its relations with our intimate concerns. Ironically, this same personification misleads the child and causes him to get lost and entwined in nature's mysteries.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work