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In What Ways do the Poets Studied Write about Childhood Experiences?

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GCSE Post 1914 Poetry Essay Coursework In What Ways do the Poets Studied Write about Childhood Experiences? "Discord in Childhood" by David Herbert Lawrence "Piano" by David Herbert Lawrence "Fern Hill" by Dylan Thomas "Death of a Naturalist" by Seamus Heaney The poets studied all write about their childhood in their poetry, but there are subtle differences in the way that the poet has expressed himself and in how the poem comes across to the reader. The view of the poets' changes between the three, and the setting of the poem have both similarities and differences. All four poems are written about childhood, but there are differences in structure and format between each poet. Each poem is written about the poet's childhood, but they are not all written from the same point of view. Dylan Thomas and Seamus Heaney write their poems from the view of the child. However they have the feel of an adult telling the story for the child, but the story is told as the child would have seen it. David uses this technique in his poem "Discord in Childhood", but in "Piano" the poem is centred on the poet looking back at the memory, rather than re-living the memory in the poem. This is used to great effect as the poet shows the reader a compassionate side which is aided by their style. The other three poems are written as the child, but all differ slightly in their portrayal of the child. ...read more.


His inadequacy is shown through the way he describes the fight in terms of images of things that are often unstoppable - a storm and the wind. If the poet felt he could do anything about the situation then his use of language would tend more to that thinking. The poet creates an atmosphere of powerless sadness in that particular episode of his childhood; David Lawrence seems to despise his past. The feeling in "Piano" is slightly different, as the poet is now an older man and becomes nostalgic; he talks about being taken "back down the vista of years". He yearns for his childhood back and especially for his mother. The poem begins when he hears the woman singing and this takes him back and sets the tone of the poem throughout. The mood is melancholic and the poet seems to pity himself for all the hardship he has gone through, and sees his past as a way of combating the problem. A recurring theme that runs throughout three of the poems is that of nature. Heaney and Thomas refer to it strongly in their poems, as they see their childhoods being synonymous with nature and the countryside. Nature features strongly for these two poets as they see it as their childhood. Lawrence mentions the ash tree hanging outside his window as a metaphor for what was going on in another part of his house - "Outside the house an ash-tree hung its terrible whips". ...read more.


He refers to the frogs as "mud grenades" and "slime kings". All this adds to a well written poem where the poet has made his intentions clear to anyone reading it. One of the main similarities is the use of nature as a powerful image in three of these poems. However, all the poets use it in different senses. DH Lawrence draws on big and powerful aspects of nature such as storms and high winds. He does this to highlight his thoughts on the situation in his house. Dylan Thomas draws on all the majesty of the countryside in his poem. He has a huge experience of its beauty and he writes his poem to culminate all his childhood memories into one poem that expresses all his love for nature. Seamus Heaney uses a bit of both of the other poets styles in his poem. He shows a love for nature in the first verse, but also tells the reader how he lost it all in the second verse. However, one issue is a constant theme throughout all four of the poems - that of childhood. These poems are outlets for the poets to show feelings that they felt years before, but could not express at that time. The main difference is that two of the poets draw on happy memories, but DH Lawrence shows his discontentment throughout his childhood. All the poets have some thing profound to say and all of them make their points in poems, similar in theme, but different in content. By Simon Maine 11BD 1 ...read more.

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