Comparing In Mrs. Tilchers Class and Death Of A Naturalist. Concerning the loss of innocence.

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English coursework.

Comparing “In Mrs. Tilcher’s Class” and “Death Of A Naturalist.” Concerning the loss of innocence.

“The horrors of this dangerous world are shielded to the eyes of a young child.” These are the words of celebrated behavior moderator Thomas Fullerton.

In this piece of coursework I am going to be conducting an in-depth analysis of “In Mrs. Tilcher’s Class” by Carol Ann Duffy and “Death of a Naturalist” by Seamus Heaney. I will be explaining exactly what these poems mean, how relevant they are to Thomas Fullerton’s description of the loss of childhood innocence. I will also be discussing the literary techniques used to achieve this, the background information on the two authors of these poems and I will also be highlighting the astonishingly similar way I think these poems have been written.

Carol-Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow, but moved to Staffordshire in 1960, her father was a counsellor and the manager of a small football club. She went to Staffordshire Girl’s High School which could have been where she got some of her ideas for In Mrs. Tilcher’s Class from. She also read philosophy at Liverpool University. She lives with her 13 year old daughter Ella and her partner, Jackie Kay, as she is now a lesbian. Because of this, some of her works contain strong feminist messages, such as, ‘Standing Female Nude’ ‘The Female Gospels’ and ‘The World’s Wife’. She was awarded an O.B.E in 2002.

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Seamus Heaney was born in Derry on the 13th of April 1939 and had eight brothers and sisters to compete with while growing up.

In 1947 he went to St. Columb’s college in Derry, but was transferred to Queen’s University. In 1953 his brother, Christopher Heaney, was knocked down by a car. Seamus was distraught and expressed his feelings through many poems including Mid-term Break. He taught at Queens’s University for a while, just writing poems for a hobby, but he quickly became famous for his work and decided to shift his concentration on writing poems full-time. In 1965 he married ...

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