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The genre of nature poetry shows us the importance and beauty of nature in the world today

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Nature Poetry Nature poetry focuses on nature as its subject. The genre of nature poetry shows us the importance and beauty of nature in the world today. Different poets use nature poetry to different affect. Two such poet are Seamus Heaney and Robert Frost. These poets' nature poems are widely recognized and very popular. Frost uses his nature scenes to show us the relationship between mankind and nature whereas Heaney uses his nature scenes to depict the realism of everyday life. Robert Frost was born on March 26th 1874 in San Francisco; in 1882 he dropped out of school and was educated at home. After his father's death the family moved to New Hampshire where Frost and his sister attended school. His first published poem "La Noche Triste" appears in the Lawrence High School Bulletin in April. In 1894 he published a poem in the independent- "My Butterfly In Eloy". After accepting an offer to teach he moved his family to Plymouth, England. His first book " A Boys Will" was published April 1915. In 1924 frost was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for " A Further Range". In 1939 he was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal by the National Institute of Arts and Letters in New York. His health began to deteriorate as his eyesight worsened. ...read more.

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Another device used is omonatopoela, we see this in the phrase 'yelping dogs'. The sounds used means the reader can feel what it was like to be there as she can actually hear the sounds. Frost uses a clich� to make his message memorable, it is 'good fences make good neighbours'. This clich� highlights how straight laced and boring this man is compared to the narrator. Finally Frost uses a metaphor to keep his message memorable, it is 'He is all pine and I am all apple orchard'. These two trees depict the men perfectly. Pine trees are never changing whereas apple trees change through the seasons and blossom. The poet I have chosen to compare and contrast Frost with is Heaney. Seamus Heaney was born in April 1939. His father owned and worked a small farm in County Derry in Northern Ireland. When he was twelve years of age. Seamus won a scholarship to St. Columba's College, a catholic boarding school in Derry city. He lived in Belfast between 1957 and 1972 and then moved to the Irish Republic. He also has had regular teaching periods in America. Heaney's poems first came to public attention in the mid 1960's. Heaney's poems are often dark because of the quarter century of violence and inner distrust he was born into. ...read more.

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The first similarity we see between them is that both use colloquialisms in their poems so the reader can relate to their message. We see this when 'Digging' says, 'by God' and in 'Mending Wall' it says 'The gaps, I mean" Using everyday language makes the poems seem more real and they immediately become of more relevance to the reader as they can relate to them in their everyday life Another similarity we see is that they both use devices such as alliteration to bring out the slowness or speed in which something is done. When alliteration is used in a poem it can have great affect on how the poem reads and how well the reader can picture the event taking place. The first difference we see in the poems is through the two poets different style in writing. Frosts' poetry is very symbolic whereas Heaney's poetry is personal, it is about his family members and specific people. Another difference we see is that Frost's poem is about the different attitudes to life. Frost's poetry is about the different attitudes to life. Haney's poetry is about how life changes. In conclusion, the poem I like the most is Heaney's 'Digging'. I feel it is easy to relate to and I enjoy his style of writing. He is an Irish poet and I can relate to the problems he is talking about as they are relevant to the Irish way of life. ...read more.

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