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Commentary on Seamus Heaney's "Scaffolding".

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  • Essay length: 502 words
  • Submitted: 28/06/2004
  • Marked by teacher: (?) Stephen Evans
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A well-structured essay which explores the theme of friendship in Heaney's poem very well. It stays firmly focused on what the essay demands throughout.

The quotations and examples used in order to support the points made are appropriate. There is good reference to audience response although this could be developed further. There is very good reference to the poem's structure and how it complements the theme. Again this could be developed further as well as the historical and cultural context to the poem.

Linguistic features are referred to in detail and linked firmly to purpose. Some ideas need to be expressed more clearly in order to aid the quality of communication. There is also a need to proof-read and to make some corrections.

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Marked by teacher Stephen Evans 01/05/2013

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Mrs. Guezalova

English IB 11

Commentary on Seamus Heaney's "Scaffolding"

Jennifer Wang

Block C

Feb. 5, 2004

Seamus Heaney's "Scaffolding" is a simple yet dense poem. The poem uses metaphor to suggest that relationships are not naturally exist but are built over a period of time. Once this relationship has formed its shape, the endurance of such can be reached at eternity. With a determined, confident and very inspirational tone, Heaney emphasizes the importance of trust between the two people through five neat couplets with rhyme.

"Masons" in the very first line of the poem is a metaphor suggesting the two people who share the same interests that are determined to establish a friendship. "When they start upon a building / Are careful to test out the scaffolding" depicts the two person's first try to build a friendship. The word "careful" and "test" shows the uneasiness of getting to know a person well at the beginning of the meet due to human's cautious nature. The process towards relationship building is instilled in the next two stanzas. "Make sure that the planks won't slip at busy points" can

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A well-structured essay which explores the theme of friendship in Heaney's poem very well. It stays firmly focused on what the essay demands throughout.

The quotations and examples used in order to support the points made are appropriate. There is good reference to audience response although this could be developed further. There is very good reference to the poem's structure and how it complements the theme. Again this could be developed further as well as the historical and cultural context to the poem.

Linguistic features are referred to in detail and linked firmly to purpose. Some ideas need to be expressed more clearly in order to aid the quality of communication. There is also a need to proof-read and to make some corrections.

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Marked by teacher Stephen Evans 01/05/2013

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