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Poems can capture important moments in our lives, whether they include moments from childhood regarding growing or family relationships. Discuss how the poets you have studied have described the ending of childhood innocence.

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Poems can capture important moments in our lives, whether they include moments from childhood regarding growing or family relationships. Discuss how the poets you have studied have described the ending of childhood innocence. Firstly Seamus Heaney is a poet I have studied. He was from a rural catholic background in Castledawson, County Derry, however he did live in a mainly protestant area. He addresses issues such as childhood, familial relationships, particularly his relationship with his father and also the identity crisis of becoming a poet. For example in his poem, "Death of a Naturalist" he draws largely on his experience and the experience of his community in an attempt to represent the troubles in a new and analytical manner. In contrast to this, another poet I focused on, Carol Ann Duffy, grew up in an urban environment. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1955, however grew up in Staffordshire, England and attended university in Liverpool before moving to London. She also addresses issues involving childhood memories in such poems as Litany and In Mrs Tilscher's class. Another poet studied was Ronald Stuart Thomas. He was born in Cardiff but moved from place to place after his father got a job in the Navy. ...read more.


S. Thomas, an adult's perspective is present. Even though it is a childhood memory it still represents an adult looking back into the time of the incidents, from an adult point of view. The references to nature are very frequent. Some of the settings are in the countryside or refer to the countryside. This is evident in the poems, "follower", "Digging", "Death of a Naturalist" and also "The Evacuee". Other references are about changes in the natural world and those changes are then compared to the poet or child's experience of getting older. For example in the poem "Death of a Naturalist" the tadpoles and frogs are a sign of puberty and becoming of a teenager. There are other examples of this in the poems, "Follower", "In Mrs Tilcher's Class", "Litany", and "Children's song". Focusing on Seamus Heaney's poem "Death of a Naturalist", which shows a prime example of childhood innocence and growing up. This poem is a first person narrative in which the poet is speaking. It is structured in two verses and is also written in free verse, as it has no fixed rhythmic pattern. The language chosen is to emphasise the effect on the senses. ...read more.


Nature helps her return to health. This reference to nature ties in with other poems written by Seamus Heaney. The poem consists of four stanzas of varied line number. The mood is positive but was initially one of tension and anxiety on the part of the young girl. It is the tranquillity of nature that surprisingly creates most tension. The mood then turns positive when the aspects of the countryside support her. There is an example of personification in the line "Waiting for the syren, slow to trust nature's deceptive peace." There are also various examples of metaphors in the lines, "And there the table and the gallery of farm faces" and "And so she grew, a shy bird in the nest." In contrast to Seamus Heaney, rural landscape feature heavily and is about a young child. Although R. S. Thomas uses third person while Seamus Heaney uses first person. The poet R. S. Thomas doesn't recall a childhood memory however a loss of childhood innocence can be suggested due to the experience of the young evacuee, she has no choice other than to grow up. The adult world has forced this change upon her, because of the war.u ?? ?? ?? ?? Michael Lynch ...read more.

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