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Death of a naturalist, Advancement of learning and Roe deer Introduction The assignment that I will be undertaking is based on the poems Death of a Naturalist, Advancement of Learning and Roe Deer. The Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney, who was Irish, wrote the two poems Death of a Naturalist and Advancement of Learning. Ted Hughes, who has written a variety of stories, one of which was the famous Iron Man, wrote the poem Roe Deer. The main task of the assignment is to > Explain the general meaning and storyline of each poem > Consider the feelings and emotions in each poem > Discuss the use of language in each poem These three poems have a similar theme. They are all about nature, specific animals and how the poet sees them through his eyes. In the two poems by Seamus Heaney, the poems are about a change of opinion. In Death of a Naturalist, the poet at first thought frogs were entertaining and interesting however later found out they was atrociously disgusting. He was sickened by them. In Advancement of Learning, Heaney at first does not like rats, but later conquers his fears. In Roe Deer, Hughes finds deers fascinating in his own way. He begins to think he understands what they were saying to him, and then he gradually looses contact with them. Death of a Naturalist is the poem told by Seamus Heaney as a child point of view. ...read more.

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It also creates imagery and some fear e.g., "the deer had come for me". In advancement of Learning, Heaney has learned not to judge a book by its cover, as the saying goes. He also learned to conquer his fear of rats. In Roe Deer, Hughes feels as if there is another dimension and learned? Death of a Naturalist Heaney learned that frogs were not as friendly and fun as he thought they were e.g. "coarse croaking that I had never heard before". Imagery is used in all three poems but to emphasis something different. Imagery is used to create pictures in the readers mind giving a more clear understanding to the reader. There are different aspects of imagery used such as war images, sensory imagery, to create different vibes of emotion and pictures in the readers mind giving a more realistic vibe towards the reader. Linguistic devices are 100% likely to be used in all poems whether its similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia or alliteration, there will always be some in every poem. The poet uses these devices to create all kinds of effects such as similes, which gives a sense on what the writer is experiencing. All poets use these devices in there poems but in a different way. In advancement of learning, Heaney uses images to contrast what he means. "The river nosed past, pliable oil skinned, wearing a transfer of gable sky's". In one way, this contrasts Heaney's feelings and emotions. ...read more.

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"on his knobbed skull". In addition, the bridge could be a metaphor for his fear or rats, the rats usually inhabited the bridge, and therefore he "deferred the bridge". However, as he triumphs over his fear of rats, he is able "to cross the bridge". Heaney also uses metaphors in Death of a Naturalist "frogspawn that grew like clotted water" by using metaphors, Heaney gives life to the poem. The idea of metaphors is less used in Roe Deer. Nevertheless, the use of metaphors here is very strong, as nature was waiting for man to remember the "password" and "sign", which is symbolic of man getting back to nature through the "curtain". The main contrasts and comparison about the three poems is the different sides of nature. In Death of a naturalist, the beginning is a simple, happy Childs image of frogs, but as you grow up you understand not everything is as simple as you expect it to be. In Advancement of Learning, it is the other way around; Heaney is older but not an adult yet. The poet fears rats at first and then understood they are pathetic. In Roe Deer, the poet is an adult who thinks he nearly unravelled the mystery of nature. I personally prefer the poem by Ted Hughes, Roe Deer. The reason why I like it is because find the mystery of it exciting. I also like the way it is written; it is very cleverly thought out and written. I can feel truly, what the poet is trying to make me feel as if I was watching a movie. ...read more.

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