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The Early Purges Vs Daffodils

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The Early Purges Vs Daffodils The first poem called "The Early Purges" is about the childhood of Seamus Heaney the poet. He is describing his childhood when he was six in 1945 and he wrote the poem in 1965. He was so young when he first saw kittens drown and rats trapped by Dan Tagret. He felt very sad and disgusted by the way they got rid of the animals. Growing up he took less care and attention to these horrible events as he describes the puppies as "bloody pups" and seems as though he does not care about them anymore by saying, "I just shrug". He is also talking about the people in town that consider the animals being killed as an unnatural event and call them pets while people in farm call them pests and consider them as something, which has to be "kept down". The second poem is called "Daffodils" by Wordsworth in 1800's. This poem is also about the poet describing his own life. He uses similes by saying in the poem " I wondered lonely as a cloud ". He describes himself seeing a host of golden daffodils beneath a lake and trees. ...read more.

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Therefore he turns happy as he says, "a poet could not but be gay" which means that he can't not be happy. Then he goes home, lies on his couch and remembers all those dancing and happy daffodils, therefore he feels happy again, although he cannot see them but they exist in his mind. He seems to have a good imagination as he can imagine all those daffodils and be happy just like when he saw them in reality. It is quite interesting the way Wordsworth has mentioned his thoughts towards daffodils and the joy that nature brings in his lonesome life. I think he also wants to mention that only people who are thoughtful can imagine the daffodils and get happy just when imagining them as he says, " in pensive mood they flash upon that inward eye ". Going back to the first poem, Dan Tagret seems to be a very violent person. He trapped the rats, snared rabbits, shot crows, pulled old hen's neck with a tug, drowned kittens, and calls them " scraggy wee shits ". He can be identified as a person who sees animals as pests. Heaney himself changed his mind as he grew older as he says, "I just shrug, bloody pups". ...read more.

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He had a complicated life. He had seen lots of violence and selfishness from human being, while Wordsworth had a peaceful life. He spent his life in nature and enjoyed being on his own. In this poem he never wanted to fit in with other people because it was his nature to be alone. Seamus Heaney's aim was to try to fit in with the environment around him; therefore he had to accept the facts that other people accepted for instance the violence. Overall, Heaney seems frightened and upset in his childhood and then when he grows up he has forced to accept those horrible facts in order to fit in with people. Wordsworth is talking about life and how beautiful it could be; while Heaney talks about death and killing innocent creatures because human think it is better for them to be dead as they identify them as pests. The interesting point that I can make in here is that Heaney is talking about death and using the simile "wet gloves" to describe the kittens dead body while Wordsworths is giving life to the flowers by using similes such as "dancing daffodils". As the result there are a huge rang of negative and unpleasant words used in Heaney's poem while everything is positive and pleasant in Wordsworth's poem. 1 ...read more.

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