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Compare ‘Follower’ and ‘Death of a naturalist’

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Rita Cheng 10CS English - Essay Compare 'Follower' and 'Death of a naturalist' Seamus Heaney wrote the two poems 'Follower' and 'Death of naturalist'. Seamus Heaney wrote the observed and recollected fact of his childhood rural life, the speaker of these two poems is young Seamus Heaney. His voice is unique. There is often another meaning underneath his poems. He sees thing in different ways and has a mind of his own. 'Follower' this poem is about how young Seamus Heaney always follow his father around in the farm when he is young. The title 'follower' represents young Seamus Heaney and his father being a follower, how they switch their roles. The other poem 'death of a naturalist' is about a child exploring the environment and collecting frogspawn from stagnant water, after the explanation by the child's teacher; the child is scared of frogs when he later returns to the stagnant water. ...read more.

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For the poem 'death of the naturalist' young Seamus Heaney experiences the journey from childhood innocence to fear, from collecting frog spawn, listen to explanation b y teacher, at last to the stage which he is scared that the spawn would clutch his hand away. The poet 'Death of a naturalist' is regretful, nostalgic, lamenting the loss of innocence to fearlessness. In the poem 'follower', it's a journey from childhood weakness to possession of power, strength and size, the power that he wished to have when he was young. We can see that from the extract 'I wanted to grow up and plough, to close one eye, stiffen my arm. All I ever did was follow in his broad shadow round the farm.' It is also about the reversal of power from son to father, father to son. ...read more.

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The tone changes after Miss Wall explains about the frogspawn. The tone is used to describe what he thinks the frog in the flex dam looks like and the description of the poet's reaction to the event. He sees frogspawn in a different way after the explanation of frog, the journey is same as growing and start seeing the world in a different way, transition in life. The two poems are both about the childhood of Seamus Heaney. The author Seamus Heaney looking back as a young boy, they have a meaning behind them, both of them describe the discovery journey from childhood to something else, sense of fear or to own power. The tone is different; one of them is from fearless to fear another is from proud, admiring to ironic, reversal of father and son roles and of age. ...read more.

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