Compare and contrast Childhood by John Clare and Follower by

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Compare and contrast Childhood by John Clare and Follower by
Seamus Heaney.

John Clare was born in 1793 and died in 1864. He was born in the
countryside and remained a countryman all his life. He was a son of a
labourer, his mother was illiterate and his father could barely read
or write. His family were desperately poor and he never travelled far
from home. His poem Childhood is autobiographical and reminiscent on
his childhood memories. His first anthology was called "Poems
descriptive of rural life and scenery" and it was very well received
but later anthologies weren't as enthusiastically received.

Seamus Heaney was born on the 13th April 1939 in Bellaghy, South
Derry. He was the oldest of nine children and grew up on a
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In the fourth stanza he refers to exploring over
meadows, the fifth stanza tells us of the games that he played and his
use of imagination and the last stanza tells us that he has lost this
'paradise' and he regrets this.

There is good use of language in Childhood; in the first stanza he
describes the desk as "the heavy old desk". This is simple descriptive
language. He then goes on to talk about how he loved the old church.
He has used descriptive language in the second and third stanzas, it
sets the scene which is his area where he played and it gives you a
good image of what is going on. The language in the second three
stanzas is more childish e.g. 'pootys'and in these verses he explains
more about his childhood. In the last stanza the language and tone of
the poem change because the last stanza is about the regret of growing
up. There is good use of metaphors and good use of similes, which
helps with the scene of the poem. There is no alliteration used in
this poem but I feel it is not needed because John Clare has used
other language, which is impressive. He uses onomatopoeia in the last
stanza; this is used to describe the sound of the swing, "The
mile-a-minute swee". He uses dialect words in this poem 'heps' along
with others I feel that this gives the poem authenticity of the time…