Heaney's Use of Childhood Memories in The Death Of A Naturalist

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Heaney's Use of Childhood Memories in The Death Of A Naturalist

Seamus Heaney is an Irish poet who was born in April 1939 and still lives today. Seamus Heaney was a very bright boy who as a country boy attended local primary schools and colleges to gain scholarships at Colleges. At college Heaney was taught Latin and Irish and moved on to Queens University in Belfast. In the course of his career Seamus Heaney has always contributed to the promotions of artistic and educational causes both in Ireland and abroad.

Heaney’s poems are all about childhood. The have the theme of childish adventures. ‘Blackberry Picking’ is at one level about picking blackberries and all the fun that goes with them. Yet,
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This indicates a new, fresh start, as if an obstacle has been overcome. His brother was run over by a car when he was 4, and this poem is a way of keeping this memory alive. The poem is laid out in groups of three. In the second set of three lines, the first two sentences have a “-“ at the end of them. This is parenthesis, which is a pause, possibly thinking. This leaves a pause as if to reflect. It also highlights the unusual contrast. Near the end there are tears. But this leads to a new start. The second stanza begins with the image of Heaney's father "crying". Heaney's father appears to be a strong man of few words, so having him crying causes a powerful emotion in the reader. Heaney skilfully takes the reader with him as he enters the house (showing he was scared) through the porch as we meet his father; "Big Jim Evans"; the baby in its pram; the old men gathered in the room; and finally Heaney's mother coughing out "angry tearless sighs", which show that she was hiding her true emotions. The little brother of Seamus Heaney was hit on his head, as it says the ambulance arrived at 10 o'clock, with the corpse, stanched and bandaged by the nurses. We learn in the sixth stanza that Heaney hadn't seen his brother for six weeks having been "away at school", which suggests he went to a boarding school. The words "paler now", hang at the end of the stanza on line 18, causing a
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