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  • Poems Mid Term Break And Personal Helicon
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    'For this piece of coursework on Seamus Heaney, I will be choosing two poems Mid-Term Break and Personal Helicon, and I'll be writing a commentary on each of them. Firstly I will be writing an introduction about Seamus Heaney, which will include his poems and on his educational background and then on what types of poems he writes. I will then write about each of the poems Mid-Term Break, and Personal Helicon, which are similar, as they " re both about his child hood. Finally I'll write a final c...
  • Heaney's Father And Grandfather
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    Seamus Heaney: Physical and Mental Digging In the poem "Digging", Seamus Heaney seems to use his father's and his grandfather's digging into the homeland ground as a comparison to his writing and development of his poetry. Heaney's father and grandfather use their shovels to work with the land, and Heaney is now using a pen to work on his ideas to write poetry. The beginning of this poem starts out with Heaney describing what he might do before he starts to write a poem. Heaney writes, "Between ...
  • Heaney's Beginnings As A Poet
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    Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney was born in April 1939, the eldest member of a family which would eventually contain nine children. His father owned and worked a small farm of some fifty acres in County Derry in Northern Ireland, but the father's real commitment was to cattle-dealing. There was something very congenial to Patrick Heaney about the cattle-dealer's way of life to which he was introduced by the uncles who had cared for him after the early death of his own parents. The poet's mother came...
  • Heaney's Poetry
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    Heaney's first poetry collection was the prizewinning Death of a Naturalist (1966). In this book and Door into the Dark (1969), he wrote in a traditional style about a passing way of life-that of domestic rural life in Northern Ireland. In Wintering Out (1972) and North (1975), he began to encompass such subjects as the violence in Northern Ireland and contemporary Irish experience, though he continued to view his subjects through a mythic and mystical filter. Among the later volumes that reflec...
  • Mid Term Break By Seamus Heaney
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    Comparison of 2 Poems Mid Term Break by Seamus Heaney and Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day by William Shakespeare Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 in a small agricultural town in county Derry. In 1957 he went to Queen's University in Belfast where he studied literature. He returned to Queen's in 1965 as a lecturer. In 1972 Heaney moved to the Republic of Ireland because of the bitterness between Catholics and Protestants in the North. He taught at Carysfort College in Dublin from 1975 to 198...
  • Poem About Blackberries
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    Once the reader can passes up the surface meaning of the poem Blackberry-Picking, by Seamus Heaney, past the emotional switch from sheer joy to utter disappointment, past the childhood memories, the underlying meaning can be quite disturbing. Hidden deep within the happy-go-lucky rifts of childhood is a disturbing tale of greed and murder. Seamus Heaney, through clever diction, ghastly imagery, misguided metaphors and abruptly changing forms, ingeniously tells the tale that is understood and rar...
  • Poem Heaney
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    The Troubles With Seamus Heaney The poet Keats wrote that "the only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's own mind about nothing - to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thought, not a select body". That this may be an admirable aim for a poet, and especially so for one writing against a background of ethnic violence, is not in doubt. It is, however, extremely difficult to remain neutral when one identifies oneself with an ethnic party involved in conflict. It is my inten...
  • Heaney's Poem
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    Death of a Naturalist: A study of Seamus Heaney's first book of poems. Seamus Heaney, the famed Irish poet, was the product of two completely different social and psychological orders. Living on "a small farm of some fifty acres in County Derry in Northern Ireland" (Nobel e Museum), Seamus Heaney's childhood was spent primarily in the company of nature and the local wildlife. His father, a man by the name of Patrick Heaney, had a penchant for farming and working the land. Seamus' mother Margaret...
  • Three Poems The Poetry Of Seamus Heaney
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    Heaney's poetry is vividly imaginative, whilst being firmly rooted in reality Explore this comment on Heaney's poetry, referring to at least three poems The poetry of Seamus Heaney is described as imaginative and honest whilst enabling him to share his views on the political and social situation in Ireland at that time. Through the use of metaphors and strong imagery aided by his choice of form and structure Heaney is able to appeal to a wide range of people. The use of etymology, the study of w...
  • Blackberry Picking Heaney
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    Referring to 'Blackberry Picking' and 'Death of a Naturalist', Discuss Heaney's portrayal of the natural world and his relationship to it Heaney uses the natural world and his relationship with it in order to express how as a result of age his views on the natural world have changed. Initially, Heaney was positive and hopeful regarding the world around him 'Best of all'. Through knowledge, teaching and education this judgement has been clouded leaving him to see the world as disappointing and th...
  • Heaney And Clarke Use Poetry
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    Both Heaney and Clarke use poetry to express their concerns or beliefs about nature. I believe Gillian Clarke's intentions are to write poetry about her views, using metaphors to make the reader think and that Heaney, also, uses nature to express his views, only more directly and his messages are clearer, and more straightforward to the reader. Looking at "Storm on the Island", Seamus Heaney, I believe Heaney feels nature to be a negative thing; the poem considers isolation and living close to n...
  • Poem Digging By Seamus Heaney
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    In this poem 'Digging' by Seamus Heaney, there is an element of ambiguity. The author writes this poem about a Father 'digging potatoes' - this however, is only on the surface. Underlying the true intention or meaning of the poem reveals the great admiration and respect for how hardworking his Father and Grandfather was. All though this may just be a poem about 'digging potatoes'. The poet reveals the tremendous skill in digging and conveys certain artistry in this physical act. The poet also us...
  • Poem A Man
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    "The Early Purges? by Seamus Heaney is about how we lose innocence. It is ambiguous and ironic. The poem recalls a particular incident of when young Heaney, as a boy, witnessed the farmhand killing kittens, and how the poet became used to this in time. Now, he writes, he has a similar indifference to the death of animals when, in fact, the young Heaney's reaction is the one the poet really approves of. "The Early Purges? deals with the issue of the state of humanity by appearing to endorse the v...
  • Heaney's Poems
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    In our drama class, we have been exploring and improvising scenes based on the stimuli gassed by John Singer Sargent and the two poe tries which are Summer 1969 by Seamus Heaney and Anthem for doomed youth by Wilfred Owen. Both the two stimuli concentrated on the same focus which is war and violence. Seamus Heaney who wrote Summer 1969 is a famous Irish Poet born in 1939, on a farm in Mossbawn, which is in the North of Ireland. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995 and was elected Profess...
  • Heaney's Fixation With The Bog
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    The religious and political conflict in Northern Ireland is a deep seeded, highly emotional issue. Put simplistically, it is a centuries old battle between the Native Irish Catholics and the Protestants, who are supported by the British government. Seamus Heaney, born into an Irish Catholic family, is well aware of the intricacies and emotion involved in this situation. By the nineteen sixties, through his poetry Heaney had become a well-known public figure. It was for this reason that his frien...
  • Second Stanza Heaney
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    Seamus Heaney The Early purges and mid-term break Compare and contrast Seamus Haney's poems, 'The early purges' and 'mid-term break', commenting on any similarities between them. What lesson do the children in each poem learn? Seamus Heaney was born on the 13th April 1939 in a small town in Ireland. He was the eldest of nine children and was part of a catholic family. His family owned a farm and that was their business, but Heaney didn't follow that. He decided to follow his dream and become an ...
  • Lines Shamus Heaney
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    The Part of this poem that is to be looked at first is imagery in the title of the poem. Shamus Heaney starts us off by giving us this picture of the Strand at Lough Beg, which is the shore of a lake. Already the reader is given the starting point of this story; the Kind of person that Colum McCartney is. Shamus Heaney begins the poem with an image of isolation, confusion, and the loss of safety. Heaney describes what happen the night that his cousin was killed: Leaving the white glow of the fil...
  • Heaney Attempts To Personalise The Blacksmith
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    The Forge Heaney begins with the line: 'All I know is a door into the dark. ' This can be interpreted as the blacksmith stepping out of reality; into the ignorance of darkness. As he steps through the door it brings him back in time via his memories, as can be seen in the next line as he goes on to tell of the 'old axles and iron hoops rusting' outside. The adjectives 'old' and 'rusting' create the impression of age; that they have been affected by time. Heaney portrays the scene inside: 'the ha...

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