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In what ways does Heaney vividly convey feelings of disappointment in "Blackberry-Picking"?

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In what ways does Heaney vividly convey feelings of disappointment in Blackberry-Picking? In Blackberry-Picking, Heaney uses a variety of linguistic devices to convey feelings of disappointment. The way Heaney describes the blackberries is arguably the most effective technique used, although there are other techniques such as rhyme in the poem which also convey Heaney's disappointment. The first thing that can be noticed about Blackberry-Picking is that the second stanza is approximately half the length of the first stanza. ...read more.

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This, therefore, emphasises the point of how disappointed Heaney is. The clever use of vocabulary is another way in which Heaney vividly describes his disappointment. At the start of the second stanza, Heaney uses the word "hoarded." Hoarded could also refer to jewellery or coins. This, therefore, makes the blackberries sound as though they are very valuable to Heaney. Whenever we lose something important to us, we tend to feel an immense feeling of disappointment. Therefore, by using this word, Heaney is making it sound as though he has lost something very valuable to him. ...read more.

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This gives us a sense of unsatisfaction. Perhaps Heaney wanted to give us a sense of unsatisfaction so that we could feel the unsatisfaction and disappointment that Heaney feels. This, therefore, invokes sympathy from the reader and makes it easier to understand and sympathise with Heaney's disappointment. The slightly obscene way in which Heaney describes the blackberries in the first stanza also makes Heaney's disappointment more clear. Heaney says that the blackberry juice leaves "stains upon the tongue and lust for/ Picking." The words "tongue", "stain" and "lust" could be seen as words which are used to imply something sexual. ...read more.

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