Essay on The Loss of Childhoos in Heaney's Poems

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The Loss of Childhoos in Heaney's Poems

Seamus Heaney's poems explore the loss of childhood and the cruel awakening into the world of adulthood. Discuss.

Seamus Heaney has been described as 'the best Irish poet since Yeats'.
He was born on April 13th 1939 and was the eldest of nine children to
Margret and Patrick Heaney, at the family farm in Mossbawn. He studied
English in Queen's University in Belfast, also in Saint Joseph's
College in Belfast, to become a teacher. After many years of writing
"Death of a Naturalist" was published in 1966. It contains poems symbolic of death of childhood, specifically Heaney's childhood as a curious young "naturalist", eager to learn about nature.

Heaney's poems reveal his thoughts of his
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It is a reflection of adulthood and Heaney tells us, "Once off the bush The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour." He is trying to express to us that when we become adults we lose our innocence. Heaney conveys the message of how unsatisfactory the adult life is in the final line, "Each year I hoped they would keep, knew they would not." Heaney informs us that whilst we have high hopes for the future as we continue we become more realistic and understand that it does get any better.

In contemplation "Blackberry Picking" is a complicated poem, in terms of language. It is difficult to understand what the true meaning is at first glance. However after careful observation it is possible to see the hidden meaning. Once understood the language is prominent and vivid. "Like thickened wine: summers blood was in it." This is a simile and is a very powerful image of the blackberries because it is comparing them to wine, which makes the reader think of thick, red wine oozing from the blackberry. "Summers blood " is also very influential it is telling us that the red heat of the sun was present inn the blackberries. Another excellent example is "big dark blobs Like a plate of eyes," it gives an image to paint a picture from. "With thorn pricks, our palms sticky as Bluebeards" this too produces a superb picture of the children's hands covered in thick red juice. This image represents Bluebeard: a man who murdered his

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