Comparing And Contrasting Two Poems On The Theme Of Childhood By

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Comparing and contrasting two Poems on the theme of childhood By
Seamus Heaney.

Comparing and contrasting two

Poems on the theme of childhood

Having read the four poems from Seamus Heaney's collection "Death of a
Naturalist", I have decided to Compare and contrast the two poems that
I like best, which are "Death of a naturalist" and "Follower". Both of
these are childhood stories set in the countryside. These reflect how
Heaney felt about different aspects of life in his surroundings. This
is one of the reasons that I have chosen these two poems the idea of
the countryside makes me feel at home with these two poems. They are
both set in the open air, which creates an open ...view middle of the document...

He also tells stories about the
frogs

"You could tell the weather by frogs too

For they were yellow in the sun and brown

In rain"

This is a clear, straight to the point use of childhood language
showing the true importance of the creature to him. You can tell by
the use of vocabulary in the first stanza that it has all been written
in a positive format, which can tell us the appreciation of everything
that was around him glazing in the sunlight.

The second stanza has become a different type of stanza by becoming
negative. This is to do with the change of view on the subject. The
start of the second stanza

"Then one hot day"

Shows us that the main feature has changed. Heany has done this in a
quick and sudden move although by the end of the first stanza
everything is too imaginable and boring. So by bringing in something
different it creates excitement and tension for the reader. He has
also began this stanza with a use of effective use of hard, blunt
matter-of-fact language the words are; angry, this gives us an idea of
the mood of the frogs, rank, this shows that there is many of them
there in force, Invaded, this gives us the sense of power becoming
more powerful. You can tell by the choice of these words that this is
to do with military. By becoming a negative stanza Heany has got to
bring some kind of frightening lines for the reader to become involved
Heaney has done this by bringing the child's imagination into it. The
use of words like "obscene threats, some sat poised like mud
grenades."

These show the terror the child faces in his mind, this is also a good
use of simile and is a detail description of how the frogs are poised.
Heany brings the poem to end but leaves the reader with a final line
to think about with words that speak for themselves "that if" the use
of these make you think about what is going to happen.

The poem "Follower" has got a different meaning to "Death of a
Naturalist" because the two are set on different things. "Follower"
begins with a use of descriptive simile "His shoulders globed like a

Full sail strung"

This gives us an idea of the size of his father's shoulders and the
immense power he has as a full sail strung has two meanings. One
meaning is the sheer size of a full sail the other is that a full sail
would have a lot of...

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