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COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE WAY SEAMUS HEANEY AND D. H. LAWRENCE DESCRIBES CHILDHOOD FEELINGS AND MEMORIES The poems that I'm going to compare and contrast are Mid Term Break and Follower by S. Heaney, and then Piano and Discord in Childhood by D.H. Lawrence. Seamus Heaney and David H. Lawrence are two poets from extremely different backgrounds, which is the reason their childhood feelings differ so much. Heaney was born in 1939, in the countryside in Ireland, and was the eldest of nine children. Lawrence, however, was born in 1885, in Nottinghamshire. He was the second youngest of five children. ...read more.


In terms of education, Heaney went to his village's school, and then a boarding school, which is reflected in Mid-Term Break. He then studied English at Queens University, and later on became a teacher/lecturer. Lawrence won a scholarship at Nottingham high school, and then moved on to Nottingham University, where he ended up teaching. In terms of similarities, the poems I am analysing are all from the poets' childhoods, Piano and Follower both describe just one parent. Discord in Childhood is about both parents and Mid Term Break is based upon one of his siblings, but also describes the rest of his family. ...read more.


It consists of memories of his mother being full of 'she-delirious rage' and his father abusing her violently. Follower is about Heaney's father and how he 'was a nuisance,.. but today it is my father who... will not go away'. Lastly Piano is about memories of his mother, and him seeing the memories through a tunnel of thought almost, 'taking me back down the vista of years'. The idea Heaney puts across in Follower is how someone's dream of what they want to be, changes as you grow up, and also the person's original thought about that job. For example, Heaney 'wanted to grow up and plough', but then he clearly changed his mind about what he wanted to be. The idea Heaney puts across in Mid-Term Break ...read more.

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