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Seamus Heaney

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Seamus Heaney Heaney grew up in the countryside with a boy called Dan Taggart. "I was six when I first saw the kittens drown. Dan Taggart pitched them, 'the scraggy wee shits'. Dan and Seamus grew up in the Irish countryside. Dan liked to kill the animals and said that it was because they were pests and had to be dealt with accordingly. " 'Prevention of cruelty' talk cuts ice in a town where they consider death unnatural, but on well-run farms pests have to be kept down. He is saying that it's all well and good the towns people saying that killing is wrong but they are pests that kill their animals and so have to be stopped from doing so, meaning that they have to be killed to stop them from eating their livestock. Seamus was not a killer as he thought it wrong of Dan to kill the animals, "Suddenly frightened, for days I sadly hung round the yard, watching the three sogged remains turn mealy and crisp as old summer dung". ...read more.


This shows how ruthless Dan was and that Seamus was a friend of his. As this was Seamus's only friend I find this unusual for a six-year-old as when you are that age you make friends with anyone. Heaney's personality in the poems show that he was lonely when he was younger and that he turned to wells, blackberry picking and seeing the animals being killed by Dan Taggart to make up for not having many friends. He seems lively and likes it when the blackberry season starts but hates it when it finishes. "As a child they could not keep me from wells..." "Late August, given heavy rain and sun for a full week, the blackberries would ripen. At first, just one, a glossy purple clot among others, red, greens, hard as a knot. You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet Like thickened wine: summers blood was in it Leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for picking" This shows that he liked the blackberry season, August. "We hoarded the fresh berries in the byre. ...read more.


I think that Seamus Heaney chose to write about hid burgeoning sexuality as a normal reader would simply not see the deeper meaning to the poem just what they read, but for an intelligent person who can see the underlying meaning to a poem or a piece of English. which has been written with one, it is satisfying and a good poem for them. One, which they may come back to many, times to re-read it. Also it was not considered right that children or adults should be reading about sex, as it was a sort of 'Taboo'. In doing this he could get away with it, as many would not notice this and those that could wold keep it to themselves. I think that Seamus Heaney chose the title 'Death of a Naturalist', as that is what has happened to him in his poems and so is a fitting title to his poems. " Is beneath all adult dignity. I rhyme to see myself, to set the darkness echoing" This is saying that he was once a strong animal lover who hated them being killed but is now not involved in them and does not care any more. ...read more.

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