• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

With reference to two or three of the poems, compare the different ways in which the idea of change is presented

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

With reference to two or three of the poems, compare the different ways in which the idea of change is presented In the first stanza of the poem "Miracle on St David's Day" Gillian Clarke describes the country house in what seems to be an idyllic setting. "The sun treads the path among cedars and enormous oaks. It might be a country house, guests strolling..." Despite the conversational tone suggesting normality, her use of the word might alerts the reader. The illusion of normality is soon swept away by the opening line of the second stanza, "I am reading poetry to the insane." The finality of the end-stopped line and the blunt tone shocks the reader. The contrast between the descriptive lines of the opening stanza and the flat tone of this line introduce the reader to the contrast between the setting and the guests. Here the reader is presented with the first idea of change in the poem. The use of contrast is one way in which the idea of change is presented. ...read more.

Middle

"...word-perfect...the labourer's voice recites 'The Daffodils'..." In "Miracle on St David's Day" the idea of change is presented by the man; at first he was dumb and passive though, by hearing, absorbing and recalling the words of the poem he finds life through speaking. The use of rhythm in the poem also presents change. Similarly to "Miracle on St David's Day", the idea of rhythm and memories giving life is seen in "Digging". Seamus Heaney describes watching his father "stooping in rhythm through potato drills where he was digging". Another example of rhythm being used is when Heaney's father keeps digging, "going down and down". This not only presents rhythm, it is also symbolism of Heaney himself; he is digging up the memories and uncovering life, giving him life. Like the man in "Miracle on St David's Day", Heaney changes and is given life "through living roots". The word roots and the whole idea of digging are metaphors of Heaney discovering himself for his roots are where his family comes from and who he is, his identity. ...read more.

Conclusion

Here Heaney has decided to not follow his family tradition and dig with a spade. He thinks that words are powerful and describes his pen resting in his hand as "snug as a gun", guns being powerful; words being powerful. By the end, when Heaney has discovered himself through the memories he says, "Between my finger and my thumb the squat pen rests. I'll dig with it". The idea of change is seen here when symbolism of the pen and the spade is used; both dig to uncover and discover. Heaney decides to go against the stereotypical Irish career of potato farming, he sees power in digging with his pen and discovers himself through doing so. In both poems the idea of change is presented. In "Digging" metaphors and symbolism is used to present this change. In "Miracle on St David's Day" contrasts are used to present change. Also, in both the poems, rhythm is used, presenting change. Overall, change is seen when the two men discover their identity. In both poems memories are used to awaken their minds for self-discovery. The two men change for they gain life; they discover their lives and uncover their identity by digging deeper through words. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ashley Greenacre 11a English ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Seamus Heaney section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Seamus Heaney essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    "Compare and Contrast 'Catrin' by Gillian Clarke with 'Digging' by Seamus Heaney

    3 star(s)

    Comparing with the "Digging" poem, "Catrin" is written in a way that the mother is talking to the child instead of talking about the child. "I remember you, child as I stood in a hot white room". (Lines 1-3) The way in which "Digging" is laid out is also different compared to "Catrin".

  2. Compare the ways Heaney writes about people and the natural world in 'Digging' and ...

    The products of the earth have 'a clean birth'. The use of assonance, really describe the potatoes, earth and the people digging. The 'shot', 'clotted' and 'knobbed' potatoes, indicates loss, destruction and disease.

  1. At A Potato Digging

    How does he do this in this poem? The poem deals with two different potato harvests. One is the harvest from the present day that goes successfully and which delivers a rich crop. The second potato harvest looks back to the famine of 1845 when the crop failed and many people starved.

  2. In his poems 'Follower and Digging' Heaney is thinking about his father. How do ...

    It describes how things are the same, but different. He still cares for his father but Heaney has not followed in the family footsteps as a farmer. The metaphor, 'I'll dig with it,' doesn't mean he will literally dig the soil with his pen, but means he can dig through

  1. Compare the way Nature is presentedin two pre-1914 and two post 1914 poems

    This produces an almost methodical and solemn rhythm to the poem which adds to the seriousness of the situation the Island dwellers find themselves in, for if they did not devise methods of protecting themselves from Natures fury, it could be fatal to them.

  2. Examine two poems,

    He is thinking back to when his father was a farmer. "Stooping in rhythm through the potato drills" is the third line in this stanza. This makes his father sound very professional. It sounds as if he wants us to admire his father.

  1. "Compare how Gillian Clarke and Seamus Heaney present different images of the past".

    be strong and how he used to be weak, know the case is that his father is weak and he (Heaney) is strong. All the way throughout this poem he wrote about his own personal memories. It seems as if Heaney is only concerned about memories of his own other than anyone else's memories.

  2. With close reference to at least two poems, discuss the ways in which Heany ...

    These words do not encourage the reader to feel sorry, but just to accept what is happening, like Heany had to. The way Heany writes the poem from the child's perspective presents him as innocent and helpless. The first stanza is very unsentimental but the second is far more emotive.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work