In What Ways do the Poets Studied Write about Childhood Experiences?

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In What Ways do the Poets Studied Write about Childhood Experiences? “Discord in Childhood” by David Herbert Lawrence “Piano” by David Herbert Lawrence “Fern Hill” by Dylan Thomas “Death of a Naturalist” by Seamus Heaney The poets studied all write about their childhood in their poetry, but there are subtle differences in the way that the poet has expressed himself and in how the poem comes across to the reader. The view of the poets’ changes between the three, and the setting of the poem have both similarities and differences. All four poems are written about childhood, but there are differences in structure and format between each poet. Each poem is written about the poet’s childhood, but they are not all written…show more content…
He uses phrases like “mammy frog” and “slime kings” which are childlike in their use. He also makes references to things like a child - he talks about telling the weather from the frog’s colour. “Fern Hill” however, is written in a more grand style similar to that of an adult expressing in words a memory which he could not have described previously as a child. Dylan Thomas tells his poem in a much more elaborate manner to try a get across an idea that he could not do before. Childhood is often referred to by many writers as the happiest times of your life. Seamus Heaney’s and Dylan Thomas’s poems show that they believe in that principle. However, DH Lawrence’s poems show that he did not have a happy childhood and he makes that point abundantly clear. In “Death of a Naturalist”, Heaney shows that he once had a love of nature but, after one incident, he lost that love forever. The structure of the poem shows his change of opinion: the first verse uses adjectives and nice images that infer that the subject he is talking about is one that he likes; but the style of language changes in the second verse where the vocabulary used shows the reader that the poet now does not like his poem subject at all. Words like “rank”, “coarse” and “obscene” are used as negative adjectives in the second verse, so enforcing the view that he has now lost his love for nature. The first half of the
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