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Write a comparison of ‘The Grauballe Man’, ‘Punishment’ and ‘Field of Vision’ by Seamus Heaney.

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Write a comparison of 'The Grauballe Man', 'Punishment' and 'Field of Vision' by Seamus Heaney.

The title 'Field of vision' has a triple meaning; the field which is in view, her field of vision, and the narrators field of vision. The title is an apt indication of the poem itself. Heaney presents the reader with images which at face value mean one thing, but when you look closer the meaning changes. For instance the 'sycamore trees un-leafing and leafing at the far end of the lane' not only describes the scene but also gives us an insight into the woman's nature. Not only that but it is creating a very cyclical feel.

Much of the poem not only describes the woman's view through her window, but the woman herself. 'Straight out past the TV in the corner' implies the woman is not interested in the mundane, or is perhaps intellectually above television. 'Small calves with their backs to the wind' provides the reader with an image of youth and the vitality of youth, however the next line, 'the same acre of ragwort, the same mountain' gives the impression of age, toughness and strength. Perhaps what

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