Seamus Heaney Diction

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Using diction, Heaney further demonstrates the speaker's transition from optimistic to pessimistic as time goes on. In the beginning of the poem, Heaney has a entirely different diction than he concludes with. Choosing such words as "glossy"(4), "sweet"(5), and "tinkling"(13), Heaney gives a sense of cheer and happiness as the reader follows along to the speaker's reminiscing, as express that the speaker has a past of joy and innocence. Heaney creating this diction is highly important in the poem as Heaney drastically changes diction in the second stanza representing the speaker's transition into depressing adulthood. Now using words like "glutting"(19), "stinking"(20), and "rot"(23), Heany provides insight on how the speaker, like many of…show more content…
Like with his symbolism and diction, Heaney again establishes his imagery as cheerful, but however goes on to become bleak. For example, he uses gustatory imagery in the first stanza, describing the berries as "sweet like thickened wine"(5-6), then after the berries have been harvested, he uses the same type of imagery in depicting the berries as "sour"(21). Creating this contrast, Heaney displays his speaker's evolution. By using antithesis, he makes an abundantly clear change, not just in the berries, but in our protagonists thinking. Another example of Heaney's transitionary imagery is the visual imagery he uses in the first stanza describing the berries as "glossy purple" (3) in contrast to his depiction of them in the second stanza as "rat-grey"(19). Heaney uses both these instances of imagery for the same reason, to shows us who our protagonist is. In the beginning he uses the imagery to create a happy image which makes us see our speaker that way. Then, he uses the imagery to create a grim image, that makes us see the speaker in a different changed way. Overall, Heaney uses imagery to impeccably establish the poems
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