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Analysis Of Death Of A Naturalist By Seamus Heaney

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The term ‘poetry’ calls to mind stanzas full of airy, half-sensical lines of perfect rhymes about love, but there is so much more than that if one chooses to look a little deeper. The poetry of Seamus Heaney, in fact, contains multiple meanings with a closer study, giving a more in-depth experience with a greater knowledge of the poem’s purpose. Words, phrases, rhyme scheme, and structure can all contribute to different meanings and interpretations of poetry, which can all be seen in Heaney’s work, especially “Death of a Naturalist”, “Follower”, “From the “Frontier of Writing”, and “Personal Helicon”.
“Death of a Naturalist” tells the story of a young child who, every spring, collects bucketfuls of ‘frogspawn’ to take home and admire. They loved to watch the frogspawn grow and develop into tadpoles, and to learn about the frogs with different facts. The run-on sentences indicate the age of the speaker as a child, as well as learning frog facts from a teacher. In the poem, the child removes the baby frogs from their natural habitat and takes them to his home and school, where they are studied. As the frogs grow older, the child doesn’t recognize them anymore and is frightened by this new, unusual sight, very different from the original ‘frogspawn’. In essence, though, one can find the deeper meaning of the story. In the beginning, a naive human removes still undeveloped creatures from their natural habitat, and uses them for their own purposes. Then, as the creatures mature
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