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Compare the different ways in which Heaney presents different ideas about his relationship with his farther in his poetry.

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Compare he different ways in which Heaney presents different ideas about his relationship with his farther in his poetry In this essay I have tried to compare the different ways in which Heaney shows his relationship with his farther. I have used two different poems to compare this, 'Follower' and 'Boy driving his farther to confession'. Both poems give more than one view, and each poem has a very different view from the other. As soon as you start reading 'follower' you are clearly shown that Heaney admire his fathers strength. 'His shoulders globed like a full sail strung' This gives the impression of Heaney's father having a huge gaping back, as the sails on ships are usually very large. Heaney uses admiring words like 'globed' to describe his fathers shoulders, this gives the impression of big nicely rounded huge muscles, which have built up from his hard work on the farm. ...read more.


'But today it is my farther who keeps stumbling behind me, and will not go away' Heaney is now talking in the present. He shows that his dad has grown old and grown out of his superman suit. He cannot fufil his duties and is now stumbling behind him. I think his shows a sort of role change in their relationship Heaney has not grown up to have his fathers caring side, Heaney will not even lend his farther a hand, let alone ride him on his own back. He sees his dad as a nuisance, exactly how he thought his dad saw him, but he just wants his dad to go away. Now in the second poem 'Boy drives his farther to confession' Heaney begins to express that his farther is not what he has always seen him to be. He's seeing him in a new light, as he grows older. ...read more.


Heaney shows how he was not used to hid dad not being superman anymore like in 'follower' where he sees him so strong and great at everything, now he's crying and Heaney is not used to this switch in relationship, where now he may have to be the farther and be strong. Heaney soon starts to realise how much him and his farther are alike, for so long he's seen him as a whole another being, but maybe it's this way. 'Do you tell sins as I would? Does the same hectic rage in our blood?' He's starting to see his dad is a human being. He's seeing their relationship less than a big contrast, but a mixed effort. He's stopped trying to show their differences as he did in 'follower' and he sees that he is a lot like his dad. They have the same blood. He uses the word 'our' to show this, and it shows a strong bond in their relationship. Their, now better, relationship. ...read more.

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