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Comparing and contrasting two Poems on the theme of childhood By Seamus Heaney.

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Comparing and contrasting two Poems on the theme of childhood By Seamus Heaney. Having read the four poems from Seamus Heaney's collection "Death of a Naturalist", I have decided to Compare and contrast the two poems that I like best, which are "Death of a naturalist" and "Follower". Both of these are childhood stories set in the countryside. These reflect how Heaney felt about different aspects of life in his surroundings. This is one of the reasons that I have chosen these two poems the idea of the countryside makes me feel at home with these two poems. They are both set in the open air, which creates an open atmosphere. "Death of a Naturalist" is the first poem I chose to write about because of the overall effectiveness of the poem. This poem has been written in paragraph like stanzas, this gives me the feel of making the poems look full of descriptions; it also looks very exiting looking at all the stanzas are crammed into one. As you look at the poem you can see effective use of vivid similes such as "Frogspawn grew like clotted Water" Frogspawn that grows like "clotted water" shows you the fullness of the frogspawn ...read more.

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He has also began this stanza with a use of effective use of hard, blunt matter-of-fact language the words are; angry, this gives us an idea of the mood of the frogs, rank, this shows that there is many of them there in force, Invaded, this gives us the sense of power becoming more powerful. You can tell by the choice of these words that this is to do with military. By becoming a negative stanza Heany has got to bring some kind of frightening lines for the reader to become involved Heaney has done this by bringing the child's imagination into it. The use of words like "obscene threats, some sat poised like mud grenades." These show the terror the child faces in his mind, this is also a good use of simile and is a detail description of how the frogs are poised. Heany brings the poem to end but leaves the reader with a final line to think about with words that speak for themselves "that if" the use of these make you think about what is going to happen. ...read more.

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"All I ever did was follow In his broad shadow round the farm" The use of this shows us that in more detail that his father was the one who did all the good jobs around the farm. The last lines in the poem make us think about what has happened to his father. "It is my father who keeps stumbling Behind me, and will not go away" the effect this creates by saying his father is weak and falling away behind him tells us that the roles have been reversed. After looking at these two poems many things are very similar in the way they have been written: the language and form are authentic language of farming by this I mean that the poems have got a use of old farm language an describe things in a farming form. Heaney also leaves the reader with a final line to think about. By reading the two poems Heaney now feels that it is time to break away from his past and he also feels different from his family. I think this because he is looking back and writing about the past and he is able to write about the future. Aled Bowen 10N ...read more.

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