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

How Does Heaney use his childhood experiences in "the Death of a Naturalist" collection?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How Does Heaney use his childhood experiences in "the Death of a Naturalist" collection? Seamus Heaney, an Irish poet grew up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. He writes about his childhood experiences in a "Death of a Naturalist" collection as metaphors because he wants to relate to the readers by discussing universal issues. Heaney also does this by relating to event in everyone's lives such as becoming a man or woman, death, guilt and revenge. He does this by using a lot of literary tools like synaesthesia and enjambement in his poems to create a clearer image of his childhood events. In "Blackberry Picking" Heaney explains his memory picking blackberries including the ripening and the taste of the fruits, He describes "the flesh was sweet". However, this poem is also about the awkwardness of growing up, and Heaney feeling ashamed and guilty at becoming a man. He uses words like "lust", "blood" and "flesh". Furthermore the poem is set in August which is a transitional time in the year and Heaney is suggesting that this is linked because it is also a transitional time in the young Heaney's life. ...read more.

Middle

The words he uses like "corpse" and "whisper" contrast. This gives a dramatic effect. He doesn't mention his brother until the fifth stanza where he just names him as "the corpse". Even then he doesn't directly address his brother, this gives a sense of denial and the impression that Heaney is wants to emphasise the effects of grief before the person who died. In the last stanza Heaney describes his brother "wearing a poppy bruise" on his temple. The poppy is red which connotes remembrance, which is connected to death. Furthermore, he said that he is "wearing" the bruise and is not part of the body as it could be taken off, this is repetition from the earlier emotion of denial. In the final line, "A four foot box, a foot for every year", Heaney uses alliteration to engage the reader's thought. The lexis that he uses is monosyllabic except "every", which is the word that is stressed. This line also emphasises how young his brother was and creates the readers' sympathy. In "Follower" Heaney describes his memories of his father working and a younger version of himself trying to copy his father. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think that Heaney is describing his guilt for not carrying on the tradition of farming. In "Personal Helicon" Heaney reflects and explains his childhood adventures exploring wells and his personal inspiration. He uses words like "rich" and "fructified" which make it seem as if he is describing a luscious rainforest instead of a well. He also uses synaesthesia like "I savoured the rich crash" and "clean new music". To create fluidity in this poem, he has uses alliteration with "dry stone ditch". This creates a clear view of Heaney's experiences but universally, the poem is about childhood joy being beneath all adult dignity. Furthermore, I think Heaney is using this poem to remember nostalgic memories without looking back at The Troubles during his childhood because the lexis he uses in the last stanza include words like "darkness" and "echoing". In conclusion, I think that Heaney uses a lot of sensory imagery and other literary tools to portray his childhood experiences to the reader such as synaesthesia, onomatopoeia and alliteration. He uses his experiences to discuss universal topics so he can relate to different types of readers. The way he does this makes his poems extremely successful. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...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 Miscellaneous 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 Miscellaneous essays

  1. How does seamus heaney reveal his culture in poems "Digging" and "follower"

    Further on Heaney delves deeper into his family history, he moves on from his father and begins to speak of his grandfather linking the two together via their epic skills. He writes "By God, the old man could handle a spade Just like his old man."

  2. Seamus Heaney poetry comparison

    While the narrator was away from the hoard, the berries began to rot with a "rat-grey fungus", just as memories decay and slowly fade. Additionally, once the berries had been plucked from the bush, they began to sour, just as even happy memories can reveal sadness once brought to mind.

  1. Theme Of Memory

    of the death of her loved one, and it is written in eight for line verses. This poem has a clearly defined structure and it lets the reader see that Bronte had no problem in expressing her feelings on her imaginative memory.

  2. Compate and Contrast theway Seamus Heaney and DH Lawrence depict their childhood memories in ...

    Heaney's work contains a lot of extravagant imagery, such as 'a rat-grey fungus'. The poem uses many words that appeal to the senses, 'its flesh was sweet like thickened water'. The words in the first section of the poem are made into sexual, addictive and intense similes, considering he is talking about a child picking fruit.

  1. Death and Grief in Midterm

    This sentence appeals to our sight, smell and hearing. These are calm, gentle words in contrast to the threatening words used to describe the buzz saw.

  2. English year 11

    They dragged me, not knowing where I was going since I had no senses, as I was in pitch black it was like I was on a roller coaster with my eyes closed. At long last the itchy, nasty sack was removed from my face.

  1. Explore the ways in which memories of childhood are present in 'Plenty'.

    Stanza four is a list of everything that they need to afford but can't. Stanza five describes how the children rebelled against their mother and disobeyed her because they didn't understand. Stanza six describes how they disobeyed their mother by taking more water than they could afford.

  2. Poetry Exam Questions on "Conscientious Objector", "Our Sharpeville", "Cousin Kate", "Half-Caste", "August 6, 1945" ...

    There are different examples of language, structure and poetic devices which advocate this idea, and create an image in the mind of the reader. This is used to create empathy, giving the reader the ability to ask the question; why?

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