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With reference to two poems by Heaney and two by Thomas, compare and contrast the ways in which both poets draw on nature to give us insight and understanding of some of the thoughts and consideration which matter greatly to them.

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With reference to two poems by Heaney and two by Thomas, compare and contrast the ways in which both poets draw on nature to give us insight and understanding of some of the thoughts and consideration which matter greatly to them. In your discussion you should pay close attention to matters of language and structure. The first poem I am going to look at is Blackberry-picking; this is written by Seamus Heaney and describes how he and his friends used to go out blackberry picking. This poem has a very precise way of describing nature, such as "A glossy purple clot" and "red, green, hard as a knot." These words are very precise so give you a sense of exactly what it was like there. This Poem is very much about nature but not in the same way as Edward Thomas as Thomas describes the beauty and Heaney Describes the way he worked with nature. He focuses on one element, the blackberries, rather than talking about his entire surroundings. ...read more.

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"He had stayed here we should of moved the tree.' 'And I should not have sat here. Everything Would have been different. For it would have been Another World,' 'Ay, and a better, though If we could see all, all might seem good.'" This gives a completely new view, saying that if the tree had not fallen I would not be talking to you and everything would be different, then the ploughman said "If we could see all, all might seem good" which means that maybe if we could see the big picture then some good may come the war, Britain winning. This poem shows that there is more than just descriptions of nature in Edward Thomas' Poems as this poem has hardly anything to do with nature and is almost about the opposite, war and death. The other Seamus Heaney poem, Digging is an entirely different poem. Again it shows us how he and his family used to work as potato farmers; this poem doesn't actually focus on nature itself but instead on how his family interacted with nature. ...read more.

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I think that this poem is almost purely a description as it is a simple account of what happened to him on that day, and doesn't offer much more than just a description of nature. The next part of the poem, "And for that minute a blackbird sang Close by, and round him, mistier, Farther and father, all the birds Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire." can be interpreted in many ways or it could be seen as just birds flying, the thing this represents for me is the people all grouping together and going to war, farther and farther into the mist although this probably wasn't the intention of Thomas. This poem is different to the others in the way it shows nature as it is showing that even in the midst of industrial Britain there are beautiful spots that are preserved and hidden away, and focuses on the actual things rather than in Digging which is all about interaction with nature. Charlie Floyd ...read more.

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