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One of Heaney's greatest skills is that of portraiture: the vivid realistic drawing of characters, sometimes nostalgic, often unflattering, Discuss this statement in the light of the poems you have read.

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Introduction

One of Heaney's greatest skills is that of portraiture: the vivid realistic drawing of characters, sometimes nostalgic, often unflattering, Discuss this statement in the light of the poems you have read. Imagery's effect on poetry imagery is perhaps the most important tool that a writer must possess to be considered great. Imagery may be defined as the representation through language of sense experience. This means that anything written that can be related to one of our senses. In the Poem of Digging by Seamus Heaney, he had used unflattering vivid realistic drawing of character. From various literary devices, as well as graphic imagery the mechanization of the human spirit comes to life in the form of his father, and grandfather. The past and present become one, with the common bond the honest work of the Irish poor. In his own way, and with his own pen, Heaney develops the idea of mechanized men who, through the drudgery and repetition of their lives, create a life for them and their families, taking pride in their work, and acceptance of their fate. ...read more.

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This juxtaposition of past and present illustrates the monotony of the work involved, and how things take time to change. Heaney creates the transition between his father and grandfather in a two-line stanza that highlights the pride of these men. While, in the Poem of Twice Shy by Seamus Heaney, he had used nostalgic vivid realistic drawing of characters. In the opening lines, "Her scarf a la Bardot, In suede flats for the walk", register the narrator's attraction to the sophistication of the young woman. The couples, going out for an evening walk, cross the river, suggesting a decisive moment in the relationship. Implicit the title here is a cynicism embedded in the aphorism, once bitten twice shy, and which perhaps reflects the poets attitude to the relationships. Thus the poem works at the level of feeling, faithfully recording the emotions experienced, but the reader is also very aware of the poet simultaneously analyzing the feelings expressed. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Not to publish feeling and regret it all too late", but out fear of trusting the feelings. "Still waters running deap" notions of immature adolescent love affairs are symbolically conveyed through the river, and thus suggest powerful hidden currents of human emotion. "That shook where a swan swam" used "the swan" with its romantic associations of fidelity, pairing for life, is perhaps a very obvious reference to lifelong mating between the couples. "As a thrush linked on a hawk" - The hawk and the thrush and the conations of prey have strong implications for the nature of the relationships. The hawk is described as a backcloth in second stanza. As a backcloth, the image of the hawk appears as beautiful, but lethal. Through these the poems of Digging and Twice Shy, we could see that Heaney's skill of portraying the vivid realistic drawing of characters through the use of imagery which is sometimes nostalgic or unflattering. Kelvin Johnston Chua 12CD YR 12 A1 SL - Mrs. O'Connell 24/9/03 ...read more.

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