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Compare and contrast the similarities and Differences between the poems of Seamus Heaney and D.H.Lawrence

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Coursework Essay Poetry The poets Seamus Heaney and D. H. Lawrence frequently describe their own childhood memories in their poems. 'Mid-Term Break' and 'The Early Purges' by Heaney, both show great examples of the way Heaney felt about many things, like death and relationships, as do the poems 'Piano' and 'Discord in Childhood' by D. H. Lawrence. Lawrence was born in 1885, the fourth child of five. His father was an irresponsible alcoholic, and Lawrence was "born hating his father" and "shivered at his touch". Heaney, however, loved and hugely respected his family and especially his father. Heaney was born in 1939 at the start of WW2. He, unlike Lawrence, was the eldest of nine children, and was brought up and worked on his father's farm, before being sent to a boarding school when he was twelve. Lawrence's parents had a violent relationship - "one big b****y fight", because of his father's temper. Lawrence was much closer to his mother because she was highly educated and they understood each other. Heaney's poem 'Mid-Term Break' is all about the death of one of Heaney's younger brother. Heaney conveys many feelings in this poem, like growing up, childhood, memories, and death. He uses many modern techniques in this poem: caesura for emphasis on certain things, enjambment to create a sense of continuity running through the poem, alliteration, imagery and many more. ...read more.

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In the next stanza, it appears as if Heaney has changed his opinions and feelings towards what is happening: 'And now, when shrill pups are prodded to drown I just shrug, "b****y Pups". It makes sense', but he is not completely convinced. He has got used to the murder, because he is trying to mature and fit in with the farm folk. The last stanza states how the town thinks what is happening on the farm is wrong and that 'death is unnatural'. Both of these Heaney poems are mainly about death and the transformation between childhood and adulthood. 'Mid-Term Break' mainly focuses on the respect Heaney gets as he is growing up, whereas 'The Early Purges' is about different opinions being forced on you. They both involve Heaney having to deal with saddening situations alone. In 'Mid-Term Break', Heaney experiences many different emotions continuously, like grief, embarrassment, sadness and even loneliness. In 'The Early Purges', the main emotions he goes through are sadness then acceptance. 'Piano' by D. H. Lawrence involves him remembering and reminiscing about his mother. In this poem Lawrence reflects about his past time spent with his deceased, yet beloved mother. The piano is a symbol of Lawrence's childhood and has happy memories of his past with his mother. 'Piano' also is a musical term, which means play something softly. This poem is very nostalgic, and the rhythm is irregular. ...read more.

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H. Lawrence poems. Both poets used lots of modern techniques; alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification, caesura and enjambment. All of these poems are to do with childhood memories, family and growing up. Seamus Heaney witnessed murder in 'The Early Purges', which was horrifying for him, and Lawrence also went through a horrible thing in 'Discord in Childhood'. He had to helplessly listen to his mother being beaten by his father. In 'Mid-Term Break' and 'Piano', close family members have died, although Heaney doesn't reminisce about the memories of his deceased brother, like Lawrence did with his mother. Heaney was more concerned about how awkward he felt at the funeral, than mourning for his brother. I think there are many similarities and differences between the poems and the poets. Heaney seems to be able to convey and describe lots of childhood memories and feelings, in long poems, whereas in Lawrence's much shorter poems, he is having a hard time dealing with certain things. My favourite poem here is 'Discord in Childhood' by D. H. Lawrence, because he conveys lots of interesting information using many modern techniques, and because of the way it is written, I can really understand what a hard time he is going through. I also like both poems by Seamus Heaney, because he has very interesting childhood memories, and expresses his feelings in a way, so the reader can really imagine how he is feeling. ?? ?? ?? ?? Paul Earle ...read more.

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