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How Seamus Heaney's Language in His Poems Death of a Naturalist and Blackberry Picking

Both poems are similar in their content as they are both written by
Seamus Heaney about his childhood experiences. I also believe that
both his experiences have a similar content.

In "Death of a Naturalist" we find that the poem is about being out in
fields collecting frogspawn. In "Blackberry Picking" the poet is
speaking again about his childhood experiences in the fields. This
time he is collecting blackberries. This is similar to "Death if a
Naturalist" as it is in the wild at a young age enjoying nature.

The titles are not so similar; "Death of a Naturalist" is a symbolic
title. The title is not literal, no one actually dies in the poem. The
death is of the way the poet feels about the frogs. In the first verse
the poet feels for the frogs but in the second verse he almost fears
them.

"Blackberry Picking" on the other hand is not a symbolic title it is
literal. In the poem the poet goes blackberry picking and this is
explained in the title. Although the title could be considered
symbolic also as perhaps the simplicity of the title portrays the
simplicity and innocence of the child's mind.

The mood between the two poems is also very similar. In "Death of a
Naturalist" the mood changes between the two verses. In the first
verse the poet enjoy going out and collecting frogspawn; he seems to
be very excited and enthusiastic. Whereas in the second verse he sees
the frogs in a different way. He does not enjoy collecting the
frogspawn any more. He seems to be afraid and almost disgusted by the
frogs. He describes them as "the great slime k...


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..." he uses pirate imagery to shoe his love for the fruit.

I think that the poet writes both poems in a similar style. He writes
both in free verse. Poets generally do this to tell a story, so this
is probably why Heaney uses this style. This style also allows Heaney
to create contrasting verses and include different from adult and
child perspectives.

In all I enjoyed both poems. They both had points I could relate with.
But I preferred "Blackberry Picking" because I believe it had much
more vivid imagery. This may be my opinion because it may be more
vivid to me as I have experienced something similar. But I liked the
way the poet conveyed to the reader, the texture and taste of the
blackberries by using lines such as

"Summers blood was in it."

In all though I enjoyed Heaney's style of writing in both poems.


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