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How do the poets present Childhood Experiences as being an influence on the journey into Adulthood?

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How do the poets present Childhood Experiences as being an influence on the journey into Adulthood? I am looking at: The Early Purges - written by Seamus Heaney, The Sick Equation - written by Brian Patten, An Advancement of Learning - written by Seamus Heaney I am looking at the above so that I can view a wide range of poems on a similar theme. This theme being the way in which childhood experiences can be an influence on the journey into adulthood. As I am looking at two different poets I can find similarities and patterns in the way the stories are told and possibly correlate this with the wide range of grammatical terms. I hope to be able to find out how the poets use the influence of childhood experiences to further promote their story line. The Early Purges is a story depicting the realisation of the facts of life in the needs of the surroundings. It starts with Heaney just as a child watching the horrific acts of Dan Taggart towards the pups, and flows through to the point in which Heaney himself realises that the "pests" must be kept down, and his views are now permanently changed as of this. ...read more.

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"I crushed all its messengers" He felt angered at the fact of not having love, and "threw away so many gifts" in rebellion against 'false love', I believe that the messengers are people offering their sympathy towards him. "The shadow of that albatross - divorce," The 'albatross' also associated with Coleridge's Ancient Mariner as being a symbol of good luck, yet when he took the birds life, everything around him became bad. "In their sick equation not stay caught" Now realising that the message passed by his parents, that 'flight' and happiness can never be just and successful, was wrong, so that he now feels he has symbolically released himself from this net of angst, to finally fly free! His overcoming of "The Sick Equation" as he refers to it, had taken him his whole life to awaken from, after being thrust into turmoil as a child. The awakening from this burden or 'net' was only found after he has taken notice into other peoples life's' and in particular, their marriages. Which seems ironic to this being the everlasting union between husband and wife, that went so sadly wrong in Patten's parents'. ...read more.

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They were all also thrust into unwanted situations, which did change their perspective views on life. Only later either realising the truth or just the truth based upon the situation that they were in! Also I have found that they have so many different interpretations and understanding, these being on various levels that the poet depicts in his or her own story. I can see the basic fundamental level as I read through the poems and get the 'gist' and meaning of it. Then I re- read and attain its subliminal messages. These can often be hidden in the use of metaphors, alliteration, and various bi-meaningful words, with alternative meaning and messages. All the poems are written in the 1st person narrative with evidence of his life being shown before him. This helps to create a good basis on which to understand the poem. Childhood is a very significant time in our lives, not only is it our prime of youth, but it also holds the key to how we will develop and 'turn out' later on in life, from looking at these poems I have found that this stage has to be carefully monitored, as views picked up at this time of life can alter your depiction of life, hence altering ones' beliefs and understandings. Written by Aaron Jessop of 11H, Slough Grammar ...read more.

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