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What do we learn about Seamus Heaneys childhood from blackberry picking, the early purges and the follower?

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What do we learn about Seamus Heaneys childhood from blackberry picking, the early purges and the follower Heaney begins the narrative of his poem by describing how the berries ripened in late august. It would cause great excitement in the children of his native Irish village. The blackberries would ripen very slowly; 'At first just one' Heaney highlights how the right berries stand out amongst the 'other red green' by comparing them to a ; 'purple clot' his use of a metaphor here explains how juicy and think the ripe berry looks. The poets use of a rhymed couplet makes the line stand out just like the berries do amongst the unripened ones. By using personification Heaney makes the audience identify with the action in the poem when the berry is eaten is eaten the juice and flesh were; 'like thickened wined' by using this simile the poet compares the dark berry to an intoxicating drink he implies that the fruit makes the children 'drunk' with the blood of summer. ...read more.


The person who kills animals is Dan and poor Heaney watch's him 'their soft paws scraping like mad' on the side trying to get out the kittens would have been calling for there mums milk and the where young that could hardly see wondering where they where. It is powerful sentence because it tells you a lot Although Heaney sees it as a very bad thing and cruelty to animals when on the other had Dan thing it is aright; 'sure isn't it better for them now' in this sentence Dan I trying to tell Heaney that it will prevent them from cruelty and it is better for them. Heaney was 'suddenly frightened' and sadly hung around hoping he would not do it again but unfortuly he did he; ' trapped big rats, snared rabbits shot crows or with a sinkening tung pulled old hens necks' in this there is a list a three and it is a a nasty sentence to know what he did to the animals it is not a nice thought and must have been terrible for Heaney. ...read more.


This paragraph and the next are continues to show the continues movement of the horses going up and down the field ' his eyes would map the ground' to find out where the bumps where and how deep and so he could get his balance on the hard. Heaney would stumble a lot so; 'he rod me on his back' my Dad would so I didn't fall and hurt myself. This would also show his expertise because he can have his son on his back as well as ploughing the field and controlling the horses. When Heaney grows up he wants to be like his Dad he would 'close one eye and stiffen up one of his arms' and pendent. In this paragraph and the next Heaney is addressing the speech to the audience. He was an 'nuisance, tipping, falling and always yapping' in this there is a list of three and a onomatopoeia, but now; 'Its my Dad who keeps stumbling behind me and will not go away. Here it means that he has grown up and his Dad is making Shaw he is doing his job right. ...read more.

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