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I will be comparing three poems called Storm On The Island (SOTI), Death Of a Naturalist (DOAN) both by Seamus Heaney and The Field Mouse (TFM) by Gillian Clarke

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Comparisons Of Poems By Themes I will be comparing three poems called Storm On The Island (SOTI), Death Of a Naturalist (DOAN) both by Seamus Heaney and The Field Mouse (TFM) by Gillian Clarke. I picked out several key contrasts in the three poems that linked to war, danger, senses, differences and similarities and changes. War is demonstrated throughout all three poems, for example; on Line 18 of SOTI, Heaney writes that the area is "bombarded" by the crash of waves and the weather. A comparison to this in DOAN would be on Line 30, "like mud grenades" again hinting at the sound and feel of war, he uses the simile to give the idea that the frogs were motionless and waiting to detonate or strike at something. In TFM, Clarke uses the words "the air hums with jets, compared to the other poems, we get the same idea of war or the imminent threat of war. Another point I picked out in DOAN was that on line 24, Heaney mentions that "the angry frogs invaded" the area, this tells the reader that there was a threat; like soldiers entering a country prior to an invasion. ...read more.

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The frogs in Death of a Naturalist are described as "coarse...gross-bellied...gathered for vengeance" all these words pick out the sense of danger that the reader can feel, in comparison to this, I found that in The Field Mouse, there are several similar links to the two poems, between the language usage and the way in which it is portrayed. In the three poems, all five senses are engaged; touch, sight, smell, taste and sound. All of these are mentioned in each of the poems. For example, in SOTI, the sense of touch is used when Heaney says that the wind "pummels" the house, in contrast to this, line 5 in DOAN, says that the bubbles "gargled", again the sound of the natural environment is portrayed. Heaney used a lot of euphemism in his work to make the poem feel alive and have a rhythm to it. The sense of sight Is applied in the DOAN poem on line 7, Heaney not only states that there are butterflies and dragonflies, but they are "spotted", this adds to the sense of what we think they look like, making us think about it. ...read more.

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The changes that go on throughout the series of poems vary from a natural change to a physical change, the natural changes link in with the physical changes, for example the frogspawn in DOAN growing to become tadpoles (physical and natural) and then fully grown frogs, I noticed that a change also occurred in the same poem, but about the Heaney, as he goes from a young child at the start to a fully grown adult to the end, just like the frog and the tadpoles. I linked this with the other poem 'The Field Mouse', as the children during the war grew up with it at the start of the poem, but at the end of the poem, the end of the war is near and the children are scarred to grow up with the memory of the war. So when they are older, they will still remember what had happened, just like Heaney remembered the teacher telling him about the "mammy frog... and the daddy frog". ...read more.

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