Comparing Digging by Seamus Heaney, Catrin by Gilliam Clarke, The Little Boy Lost y William Blake and Tichborne's Elegy by Charles Tichborne

Comparing Digging by Seamus Heaney, Catrin by Gilliam Clarke, The Little Boy Lost y William Blake and Tichborne's Elegy by Charles Tichborne

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Comparing Digging by Seamus Heaney, Catrin by Gilliam Clarke, The Little Boy Lost y William Blake and Tichborne's Elegy by Charles Tichborne
'Digging' by Seamus Heaney, 'Catrin' by Gillian Clarke, 'The Little
Boy Lost' by William Blake and 'Tichborne's Elegy' by Charles
Tichborne are the four poems that are going to be compared. Each of
these poems all contain images which create a feeling of apprehension
and express feelings of insecurity and uncertainty.

'Digging' by Seamus Heaney uses images in concern to his future as a
poet following his family all being farmers. Perhaps the most central
image of the poem is contained on line two, "The squat pen rests; snug
as a gun". This image expresses Seamus Heaney's pen as a gun, and that
he could use it to be as powerful or as weak as he wants. Following
this introductory image to the poem, Seamus Heaney goes on to use
imagery that expresses his pride at his farming family, yet his
feeling not belonging as he watches his grandfather work on the farm.

"Once I carried him milk in a bottle

Corked sloppily with paper. He straightened up

To drink it, then fell to right away."

This image of Seamus Heaney watching his grandfather working, stopping
only to quickly drink, creates the impression that Seamus Heaney felt
inadequate for not having a similar passion and drive for farming.

A similar image of inadequacy is used by William Blake in 'The Little
boy Lost'. William Blake writes in line 8, "and away the vapour flew".
This image creates the feeling of uneasiness and loneliness. Seamus
Heaney also expressed feelings of a similar nature as he wrote about
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Each poem contains rhyme as can be seen in "Digging" though some poets
use rhyme more often that the others.

Strong, powerful imagery à red rope of love (mention alliteration)

Child image à little boy lost yearns for love of his father-
insecurity present (doesn't want to be lost- needs love)

Loss à Tichborne's Elegy has a haunting refrain summing up the whole
poem… similar to Seamus Heaney's repeated image of 'digging'.

Repeated image of digging à emphasises how digging is what his family
always did, but how he is going to 'dig' with his pen (be as powerful
as them, by using poetry as a great and powerful source).

Conclusion: they all use imagery to express sad, passionate, or
insecure feelings in their poems. They do emphasise these images by
the use of alliteration, repetition and contrast.

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