Compare and Contrast Death of a Naturalist, An Advancement of Learning

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Compare and Contrast Death of a Naturalist, An Advancement of Learning and The Early Purges.

In this essay I am going to discuss ‘Death of a Naturalist’, ‘An
Advancement of Learning’ and ‘The Early Purges’ by Seamus Heaney. I will focus on the similarities and differences between these poems in terms of what they are about, their language and themes.

The first out of the three poems by Heaney that I have studied is
‘Death of a Naturalist’. This poem is about Heaney as a young child, exploring a field. He comes across frogspawn and remembers when his teacher would tell him about how the “Daddy frog was called a bull frog”, “and how the mammy frog laid hundreds of little eggs and this was frogspawn”. Heaney then writes about
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This poem is about Heaney when he lived on his farm. He talks about when he was six years of age and sees kittens being drowned in a bucket by a man called Dan Taggart. He writes how they were drowned by water being pumped down there small lungs and then being thrown on a dung hill, where they were left to rot in summer heat. Heaney is shocked by this.
He forgot about his fear of the animals being killed until Dan trapped
“big rats, snared rabbits, shot crows or, with a sickening tug, pulled old hens’ necks. He soon changes his attitude towards the killing of the animals. Heaney sees that the killing of the animals is a natural process and makes scene. He states; “And now, when shrill pups are prodded to drown, I just shrug, ‘bloody pups’.” He sees the animals killed as pests as that is how he was brought up to think. All the poems have some relation to an animal and a fear and take place when
Heaney was a child. For example of an animal and fear in ‘Death of a
Naturalist’ the animal is a frog and the fear is that the frogs will attack, in ‘An Advancement of Learning’ the animal is a rat and the fear is of the rat and finally in ‘The Early Purges’ the animals are kittens and the fear is of the kittens being drowned. Some differences are war words used in ‘Death of a Naturalist’ and ‘An Advancement of
Learning’ and not in ‘The Early Purges.

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