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The poem "Death of Naturalist" was written by a well known Irish poet Seamus Heaney. The title "Death of a Naturalist" gives us a sense of loss. The opening line "All year the flax-dam festered in the heart" gives us specific detail like in Blackberry picking. The alliteration in the first line such as flax-dom and festered links in with the second stanza. Flax-dom is an onomatopoeia and festered has association of sickness and decay. It contrasts with the happy description in the first stanza when he recalls collecting the frogspawn. He builds up this specific place and location. The image of the flax rotting is an image of the cycle of nature. ...read more.


He recalls "here, every spring" and this shows specific detail like in the poem autobiography by Louis MacNeice. Jampotfuls gives us this homely which we also get a sense of in Blackberry picking. The alliterative effect adds to the sensory experience of the frogspawn. Heaney mentions the fattening dots, the fattening gives us a hint of what will happen in the second stanza. Nimble doesn't create any sense of threat. There's an innocence conveyed in weight and watch. We can see the child Heaney's use of voice and memory when he mentions Miss Walls and he used child's language like "Daddy frog and Mammy frog. There's an anecdotal effect here which is something stuck in by piece of interest by the teacher Miss Walls. When the 2nd stanza starts, the language differs. ...read more.


"Right down the dam gross-bellied frogs were cocked on sods" this is a gross image compared to the warm thick slobber and jellied specks that we met in the first stanza. The simile "Pulsed like sails" shows a sense of waiting. "Some hopped" is the poet's observation. "The slap and plop were obscene threats" is onomatopoeia and it links with cow dung, rank and gross. "Poised like mud grenades" gives us this sense of violence. The "blunt heads" images are worse images than those images in the first stanza. "I sickened turned and ran" is Heeny's reaction of fear and terror. The word vengeance links with obscene threats and the poet has a sense that the frogs would attack him after what he has done. The poem ends fearful, we know that Heeny will never collect frogspawn again and he realizes that nature is violent and isn't benign. ...read more.

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