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Heaney presents his loss of childhood innocence into adulthood by writing three poems called "Blackberry Picking", "Death of a Naturalist" and "Digging".

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Seamus Heaney coursework assignment Heaney presents his loss of childhood innocence into adulthood by writing three poems called "Blackberry Picking", "Death of a Naturalist" and "Digging" The first one I will be studying is called "Blackberry- picking". Heaney writes about when he was a child, he picked blackberries as a child in the summer. The joy it gave him is likened to an awakening of sexual excitement, finally the disappointment he felt when the fruit turned sour, after all the hard work he said it was "unfair". Heaney addresses certain issues such as growing up, acceptance, realisation, adulthood, disillusionment, sensual pleasure (lust), sexual awakening and greed. Heaney creates the carefree mood by the sound of the berries "tinkling" on the "milk cans" He uses the onomatopoeia by using the word "tinkling" which gives the affect of the sound of the berries. It starts innocently and gets darker towards the end. He feels disbelief, depression, frustration and also sexual awakening. Heaney used "free verse", everyday and matter of fact language. He looks back in first person, his point of view, in past tense. There is no clear rhythm except from lines 3, 4 and the last 2 lines at the end of the poem. ...read more.

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He feels that if puts his hand in the water it some how be trapped by the floating frogspawn. The scene that he previously enjoyed sickens him. Heaney addresses certain issues such as growing up, realisation, nature and innocence. This can be see by the following quotes " daddy frog" and "mammy frog". The poem ends with a frightening fantasy that the frogs have gathered there for vengeance because he stole the frogspawn. The poem presents the same scene of the flax dam and the frogs in two lights first innocent vision of childhood and pleasure, second a place of unpleasant smells, decay and potential danger he also links the poem to the troubles in North Ireland by using this quotes "mud grenades". Heaney creates the mood at the start as excited. He loved to learn about nature. In the second stanza it is about realisation-scared, paranoid and very disturbed he as found out that the world has a darker side, he shows us this by writing "poised like mud grenades". Heaney used "free verse" In the first stanza, happy childhood memories are presented. The second stanza is unhappy, growing up, realisations, menace views of the world are portrayed because he has see the real world. ...read more.

Conclusion

Heaney uses all the senses in the descriptions of his father and his grandfather digging. The language is simple apart from comparing his pen to a gun there are no similes, metaphors or images, just clear descriptions of men working Heaney uses informal, common everyday language, down to earth, feelings, thoughts the onomatopoeia's are the following, "rasping" "nicking" "slicing" "squelch and slap of soggy peat". The alliteration are has follow "he rooted out tall tops"," buried the bright"," gravelly ground" and "the curt cuts of an edge" all these devices help the reader to visualise his father whilst digging. The poem is written in loose irregular lines as though someone were thinking aloud, in 1st person point of view. No definite sense of rhyme but some rhyme in the second verse at the end. Heaney starts at the present and goes back to the past and then back to when he started. There is an enjabement sentence on the second verse and the sixth verse. In conclusion, after studying Heany's poem, I feel that he presents the loss of childhood by writing these poems showing us his journey into adulthood these deal with growing up realisation, innocence, and memories as a child. MICHAEL BROCKHOUSE PAGE1 SEAMUS HEANEY COURSEWORK 06/05/07 ...read more.

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