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Seamus Heaney's poems explore the loss of childhood and the cruel awakening into the world of adulthood. Discuss.

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  • Essay length: 2314 words
  • Submitted: 21/08/2003
  • Marked by teacher: (?) Stephen Evans
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GCSE Seamus Heaney

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A well-structured essay which makes very good links between the three poems and explores in detail the theme of the loss of childhood innocence and the cruel awakening into adulthood. It stays firmly focused on what the essay demands throughout.

The quotations and examples used in order to support the points made are appropriate. There is good reference to audience response although this could be developed further. There is very good reference to the poems' structures and how they complement their themes.

Linguistic and structural features are referred to in detail and linked firmly to purpose. Some points could be developed further, for example how a natural setting lends itself to the themes Heaney explores. Some ideas need to be expressed more clearly in order to aid the quality of communication. There is also a need to proof-read and to make some corrections.

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Marked by teacher Stephen Evans 13/05/2013

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POETRY COURSEWORK - SEAMUS HEANEY

Seamus Heaney's poems explore the loss of childhood and the cruel awakening into the world of adulthood. Discuss.

Seamus Heaney has been described as 'the best Irish poet since Yeats'. He was born on April 13th 1939 and was the eldest of nine children to Margret and Patrick Heaney, at the family farm in Mossbawn. He studied English in Queen's University in Belfast, also in Saint Joseph's College in Belfast, to become a teacher. After many years of writing "Death of a Naturalist" was published in 1966. It contains poems symbolic of death of childhood, specifically Heaney's childhood as a curious young "naturalist", eager to learn about nature.

Heaney's poems reveal his thoughts of his childhood and his family. His poems are filled with the images of dying, but are also firmly rooted in childhood. His poems of transition explore the journey from childhood into the adult world.

"Blackberry Picking" is a reflection of adulthood and childhood. Heaney tries to tell us that we should enjoy childhood because adulthood is disappointing. He gives the message to have low expectations, therefore when we grow up we will

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A well-structured essay which makes very good links between the three poems and explores in detail the theme of the loss of childhood innocence and the cruel awakening into adulthood. It stays firmly focused on what the essay demands throughout.

The quotations and examples used in order to support the points made are appropriate. There is good reference to audience response although this could be developed further. There is very good reference to the poems' structures and how they complement their themes.

Linguistic and structural features are referred to in detail and linked firmly to purpose. Some points could be developed further, for example how a natural setting lends itself to the themes Heaney explores. Some ideas need to be expressed more clearly in order to aid the quality of communication. There is also a need to proof-read and to make some corrections.

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Marked by teacher Stephen Evans 13/05/2013

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