The poem "Death of Naturalist" was written by a well known Irish poet
Seamus Heaney. The title "Death of a Naturalist" gives us a sense of
The opening line "All year the flax-dam festered in the heart" gives
us specific detail like in Blackberry picking. The alliteration in the
first line such as flax-dom and festered links in with the second
stanza. Flax-dom is an onomatopoeia and festered has association of
sickness and decay. It contrasts with the happy description in the
first stanza when he recalls collecting the frogspawn. He builds up
this specific place and location.
The image of the flax rotting is an image of the cycle of nature. We
see him coming to the terms with the death of nature in both of his
When he mentions the bubbles gargled delicately; delicately contrasts
with the flax festering and gargled is onomatopoeia.
Also he mentions that the "Bluebottles wove a strong gauze of sound
around the smell", gaze is a very powerful and effective image. It
unites two sensory images that are sight and ...
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