• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Comparing In Mrs. Tilchers Class and Death Of A Naturalist. Concerning the loss of innocence.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

English coursework. Comparing "In Mrs. Tilcher's Class" and "Death Of A Naturalist." Concerning the loss of innocence. "The horrors of this dangerous world are shielded to the eyes of a young child." These are the words of celebrated behavior moderator Thomas Fullerton. In this piece of coursework I am going to be conducting an in-depth analysis of "In Mrs. Tilcher's Class" by Carol Ann Duffy and "Death of a Naturalist" by Seamus Heaney. I will be explaining exactly what these poems mean, how relevant they are to Thomas Fullerton's description of the loss of childhood innocence. I will also be discussing the literary techniques used to achieve this, the background information on the two authors of these poems and I will also be highlighting the astonishingly similar way I think these poems have been written. Carol-Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow, but moved to Staffordshire in 1960, her father was a counsellor and the manager of a small football club. She went to Staffordshire Girl's High School which could have been where she got some of her ideas for In Mrs. ...read more.

Middle

Both of these poems depict the protagonist growing up. In Carol Ann Duffy's poem, she uses second person narration and tells of how she can't wait to grow up, for example " you run through the gates impatient to be grown." , whilst in "Death Of A Naturalist" He tells of how he is frightened of growing up and it revolts him. "I sickened, turned and ran" for example. Both of these poems have a teacher, Mrs. Tilcher and Miss Walls, both female, who are considered to be the authority figures, who are wise, loving and always reliable to tell you something that you don't know or don't really understand. E.g. I Mrs. Tilcher's class "you asked her how you were born." And In death of a Naturalist "Miss Walls would tell us how the daddy frog was called a bullfrog." The fact that these poems are written by different genders changes their views on growing up entirely; Carol-Ann Duffy is excited at the prospect, as she attempts a go at adult language by saying "the heavy sexy sky." ...read more.

Conclusion

Both poets use a very clever array of literary devices. Carol-Ann Duffy tends to focus on metaphors "the inky tadpoles changed from commas to exclamation marks" similes "like the faint uneasy smudge of a mistake" and personification "An xylophone's nonsense" to give the reader a good idea of how children see the world. Seamus Heaney tends to focus on onomatopoeia "coarse croaking that I had not heard before." He does this to draw the readers in and then repulse them. In Mrs. Tilcher's Class is not very well structured in terms of rhythm, as the lines lengths are all over the place to show how a child speaks without being embarrassed, but in Death of a Naturalist it is structured to a long steady beat to around ten or eleven syllables per line to make it easier to read. There is scarce rhyme in Mrs. Tilcher's Class as a child couldn't structure a rhyme, but Seamus Heaney does include some. Overall I find that the two poemse remarkably similar as they are both school based involve frogs as an early guide to sex and talk about the loss of childhood innocence. However they both have completely different views to how good it is. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Comparisons section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Comparisons essays

  1. Comparing and contrasting of poems 'Woman Work' and Overheard in County Sligo'

    Other people would be content with her lifestyle. But she isn't, this isn't fair on her either. This poem portrays a woman who is trapped in a life she doesn't want, and its like she cannot get out. I think that there is a hidden meaning to this poem and

  2. Mid-term Break by Seamus Heaney and In Mrs Tilschers Class by Carol Ann Duffy ...

    In contrast to Duffy's opening memories, Heaney's first lines are filled with anxiety as he sits "all morning in the college sick bay, Counting bells knelling classes to a close". Heaney uses alliteration here to emphasise the idea of a funeral.

  1. Compare and contrast how Seamus Heaney and Carol Ann Duffy have described the ending ...

    Duffy's poem is her own personal experience which makes us know how she felt in the classroom. Heaney's poem probably is one of his own experiences because he lived in a farm where he would have collected frogspawn. I think poems were influenced by their own childhood experiences and were described with great detail.

  2. By close reference to the poems Mid-Term Break,(TM) by Seamus Heaney, and Out, Out,(TM) ...

    This is where the title of the poem comes from. Macbeth is trying to show how life is meaningless and can easily be stubbed out. This thought is reflected throughout Frost's poem the second speech in Macbeth comes as Lady Macbeth expresses her guilt at her involvement in the murder of Duncan.

  1. Compare the ways in which two writer's present characters who have to deal with ...

    Just like in "Chemistry" although the boy witnessed a lot he does not share his feelings. It is clear when "Mother said: 'He's only ten what can he know?'" the boy certainly knows a lot more than he is credited for.

  2. Comparison of Cynddylan on a Tractor by R.S Thomas and Docker by Seamus Heaney. ...

    Set against the backdrop of the recent Troubles in Northern Ireland, this is particularly believable. Heaney uses language very skilfully to portray the docker and his life. He uses metaphors, similes and visual imagery to describe the docker's physical appearance.

  1. How do James Fenton and Carol Ann Duffy present ideas about the pain of ...

    In both poems, this could represent the nature of love ? it can appear regular but it is actually chaotic and can start and stop abruptly. The form is used by the poets in varying ways to give insight about their views on the pain of love.

  2. Carol Anne Duffy and Sheenagh Pugh both use their poetry to write about youth ...

    This poem also disturbs the reader, but unlike Duffy Pugh introduces the idea of a sexual relationship between the youth and woman. However, Pugh?s Sweet 18 is similar to Lizzie 6 in that it presents the adult as destroying the youth.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work