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How is the Theme of Relationships explored in Gillian Clarkes Catrin(TM), another Clarke Poem and Two Heaney Poems?

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How is the Theme of Relationships explored in Gillian Clarkes 'Catrin', another Clarke Poem and Two Heaney Poems? Relationships can be portrayed through biological links, friendships and bonds between subjects of connotations and meaning. The intention of both poets is mainly to portray the strengths and weaknesses behind all bonds and the effect they encompass on the reader. Poets have the power to create, transform and enlighten upon a subject that may seem appropriate, but a relation amid love and hate can neither create nor destroy; the power of emotion will never subside through poetry. The exploration of Clarke and Heaney's poems will later be discovered when travelling the rendered emotions of 'Catrin', 'Baby-sitting'', 'Follower' and 'Death of a Naturalist'. The mentioned poets use their personal experiences and perform the meaning of them using a conversion of techniques and influences. This is to enhance the importance to the reader of the purpose of the poem. Amongst the stated poems, the theme of biological and non-biological relationships can be declared as a core factor for the strength and duration of a bond. Clarke's 'Catrin' is structured as an image of a tug-of-war between mother and baby, whilst resembling the struggle of the love for one another and what binds mother and baby together. ...read more.


Heaney describes how both literally and metaphorically he followed his father. Heaney states he recalls his admiration for his father and using contrast to note how the young Heaney "wanted to grow up and plough". To compare, Heaney's 'Death of a Naturalist' represents his attitudes to the natural world in his childhood and his interest and appreciation towards nature, enhancing a passion inside him yearning for a great future. He receives encouragement from his teacher supporting and educating him on the subject of nature which he so fondly adores. Therefore in return he gives 'Miss Walls' respect and esteem whilst quoting her on the knowledge learnt. Heaney wrote this poem with confidence, explaining with knowledge the process of how he took the frogspawn, placed them in jam pots and observed nature taking its toll. By using vocabulary to describe the pleasant as well as objectionable things such as "festered", "rotted", "slobber", and "slime kings" shows young Heaney felt comfortable seeing nature close up, but perhaps he didn't fully understand the flaws in nature, as referring to reproduction focused on the "mammy and daddy frog". Heaney accounts for his adventurous, inspirational but flawed childhood; this is in contrast to Clarke's more motherly approach to her somewhat misfortunate adulthood. ...read more.


Heaney depicts his childhood adoration of nature in 'Death of a Naturalist', with a longer first stanza informing the reader upon his adventures and interest and knowledge on the seasonal process of frogs. "Every spring" Heaney would fill "jampotfuls" of his devotion to nature, only to find an experience of growing up to end this fantasy. Heaney hits realisation of growing up to feel threatened by nature, to not have power over its beauty and the feeling of his passion dying, to have to compromise and never fulfil his dream. The shorter second stanza creates a semantic field of war with expressions of anger, "invasion", "aggression", "violence", "rage", "vengeance" and "mud grenades". Heaney feels rejected by something he once loved; he was invaded by something threatening and unfamiliar. He lost his passion in nature. Overall relationships can be discovered in all of the stated poems. The main theme mentioned is the maternal bond between parent and child. This is specifically highlighted in 'Catrin', in which the maternal bond remains strong and sturdy. However this bond is deemed to have been broken at birth, by the cutting of the umbilical cord, but this is only the physical bond, whereas the emotional bond will remain between the two forever. ?? ?? ?? ?? Maisie Flight English HW 07/04/09 ...read more.

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