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Study three of Heaney's poems from his first collection, including; 'Blackberry-Picking', 'Death of a Naturalist' and Mid-term Break'.

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these are clearly the action and curiosity of a child. We also here the child�s voice in telling about how �Miss Walls� taught about the reproduction of frogs- the �daddy frog� and the �mammy frog� that �laid hundreds of little eggs�. this brings about the awakening of the child�s sexuality. It is conveyed using simple children terms. As we enter the second stanza the nightmare quality of the poem also enters. The child describes how the �angry frogs�gathered there for vengeance�. this is again the child�s active imagination creating a distorted vision of what is happening . As in �blackberry-picking� his guilt of taking the spawn from their rightful place in nature is playing on his conscience. He has interfered in this natural world that should be left to run it�s course, and because of this he conceives that nature will attack him for trespassing. This part of the poem has a sonorous quality, as it is holds a lot of aural descriptions on the sounds of the frogs. First the �coarse croaking� of the frogs that the child has not heard before presents of hostile warning. The alliteration here is effective in making the �croaking� of the frogs aggressive. The boy Heaney describes how even the �slap and plop� of the frogs were now �obscene threats�. the onomatopoeia here brings the sounds alive for the reader. The frogs are portrayed like an army as he tells us that they were �poised like mud grenades�, suggesting that they are ready to strike. The imagery of �grenades� reminds us of war. In this war the army of frogs is powerful and many. The boy visualises them as �great slime kings� positioned �right down the dam�. �the air was thick with a bass chorus.� these descriptions show that the boy feels intimidated and trapped by the �great� frogs. They are large, loud, domineering and all around him. ...read more.


The isolation of this line emphasises the grief and wretchedness of the event . The poem ends on an ambivalent note as we sense many complex feelings and a mixture of emotions from Heaney - more than words can convey. This poem truly shows the cruelty of the awakening for the boy into the adult world. After looking at these poems I can see and understand more about the rural world and Heaney�s childhood. The world that is created in these poems brings the reader to realise that everything is not always as simple as it seems. There is a depth in the poems that evokes the feelings of the reader and empathy with the child. The message in these poems is apparent - the journey from childhood into the adult world is daunting and cruel. This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ �U�U2V3V�V�VWW�W�W�W�WlXmXqXrX���������������h�?<h�?<OJQJh�?<h�?<CJOJQJ)h�?<h�?<CJOJQJfHq� ����h�?<hME hMEh�?<v =�`��# �r% (�+ 02 7�;/>;A!G�J�J�PT�U3V����������������������������$a$gd�?<gdME�UqX��3V4V5V6V�V�V�V�VWWWW�W�W�W�W�W�W�W�WmXnXoXpXqXrX�������������������������gdME$a$gd�?<$a$gd�?<&1�h:pME��/ ��=!�'"�'#��$��%��D@�D NormalCJ_H aJmH nHsH tHDA@�D Default Paragraph FontRi�R Table Normal�4� l4�a� (k�(No ListDZ@�D ME Plain TextCJOJQJ^JaJ4@4 �?<Header ���!4 @4 �?<Footer ���!`�o"` �?<watermark header$a$CJOJQJfHq� ����N�o2N �?<watermark footer$a$ CJOJQJrPb����r�V�:��rX-3VrX.0qX/>�MsP��alex��?<ME�@�M ÂrPP@��Unknown������������G��z ��Times New Roman5V��Symbol3&� �z ��Arial7&�� �VerdanaG5�� �����h�MS Mincho-�3� fg?5� �z ��Courier New"1���h�A�F�A�F�A�F� @ � @ \�������4�M�M3�� H�?������������������ME��Poetry- Seamus HeaneyTCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution ProhibitedTCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution Prohibitedalexalex�� ��Oh��+'��0t��� 0��� � $ 0 < HT\dl�Poetry- Seamus HeaneyUCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution ProhibitedualexewoUCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution Prohibitedu>Downloaded from Coursework.Info - http://www.coursework.info/is Normal.dotfalexl.d2exMicrosoft Word 10.0@@4C�w��@4C�w��@4C�w��� @�� ��Õ.��+,��D��Õ.��+,��x4���H����� ���� � �UCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution ProhibitedoUCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution ProhibitedoUCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution Prohibitedo�M �MA Poetry- Seamus Heaney Titled@���+K_PID_LINKBASE CopyrightDownloaded FromCan RedistributeOwner�A4http://www.coursework.comcoursework.comehttp://www.coursework.com -No, do not redistributecoursework.com/ !"#$%&'()*+,-./01����3456789����;<=>?@A����CDEFGHI��������L����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Root Entry�������� �F����w��N�1Table��������2WordDocument��������(bSummaryInformation(����:DocumentSummaryInformation8������������BCompObj������������j������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ ���� �FMicrosoft Word Document MSWordDocWord.Document.8�9�q ...read more.

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