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The very first line that Heaney uses, "I was six when I first saw kittens drown." is very powerful. This is because it shows that reader that he is making it vivid, by stating that he was only six.

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boy being scared by the farm hand, helping to build up a vivid picture, and so we are encouraged to have sympathy with the young Heaney. Although the people in the poem help very much to build up the vivid picture, the animals are important too. Heaney uses very definite language and imagery which helps us to view the farm that he lived on in a more realistic way. The way in which the kittens looked when they were alive is described exactly, showing that their innocence really hit upon him as a child. He describes them as �frail� and �tiny�, and this helps us to build up a picture of the animals. It also makes the whole picture of the poem much more vivid, because it provides such a contrast to Dan�s character. When the kittens die, Heaney uses imagery which shows us exactly what the kittens look like, but also how he feels about them, in a more subtle way. For example, he uses similes such as �Like wet gloves they bobbed and shone...� which show us that he cares about the animals because the thoughts and feelings stayed with him into adulthood. This is powerful imagery, because it provides us with a very vivid picture of the small, dead kittens, and so Heaney involves us and our imaginations in the poem much more. ...read more.

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