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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 atmosphere.

"Death of a Naturalist" is the
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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
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