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For my coursework I am going to compare the following poems, "In Mrs Tilscher's Class" by Carol-Ann Duffy and "Death of a naturalist" by Seamus Heaney. From reading them I get the impression of childhood memories

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English Poetry Coursework For my coursework I am going to compare the following poems, "In Mrs Tilscher's Class" by Carol-Ann Duffy and "Death of a naturalist" by Seamus Heaney. From reading them I get the impression of childhood memories. Both poets are writing about their childhood making these poems autobiographical. Carol-Ann Duffy's poem states: "The laugh of a bell swung by a child..." This shows the bell is personified as it laughs and we know that bells don't laugh. Seamus Heaney also uses personification. He states: "Bubbles gargled delicately" By stating this he is giving the bubbles, a non-living characteristic, living characteristics. ...read more.

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However Heaney appears to have a different view to things. The poem states; "In the shade of the banks" This gives the reader the impression of a dull boring place, not an attractive one to be in. This makes the reader think Heaney didn't like the school he was in. From reading Carol-Ann Duffy's poem we get the idea that she felt safe when she was in the classroom as it says; "Brady and Hindly faded like the uneasy smudge of a mistake" Brady and Hindly were two people that the children should have worried over or have been scared of. They murdered children. ...read more.

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The poem says; "The scent of a pencil slowly, carefully shaved" "A xylophone's nonsense heard from another form" "Some mornings she'd left a gold star by your name" The first point expresses the seriousness of the class as it shows even the sharpening of a pencil was taken seriously. The second point also how seriousness as the class was so quiet the atmosphere of another room could be heard. The final point shows that if you took her class seriously then she would discreetly surprise you with a gold star. The discreetness expresses the seriousness as attention was not attracted to the star. In conclusion, I think that Carol-Ann Duffy's poem "In Mrs Tilscher's Class" shows a more vivid and memorable childhood in comparison with Heaney's "Death of a Naturalist". ?? ?? ?? ?? Candidate name: Cathy Kerlin Centre Number: 1134 ...read more.

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