The Way Heany Uses the Theme of Nature to Achieve his Point in Poetry

The Way Heany Uses the Theme of Nature to Achieve his Point in Poetry

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The Way Heany Uses the Theme of Nature to Achieve his Point in Poetry

The way Heany uses the theme of nature to achieve his point is by
using language, and devices. The poems I have read about heany are an
advancement of Learning, and Death of a Naturalist. I will first talk
about an advancement of learning.

An advancement of learning is about a boy who is scared to cross a
bridge because they are rats near it. He has always had a phobia of
rats since he was young because over his bed in a farm where he used
to live rats would run around in the ceiling right over his head and
makes funny noises. Finally one day he over comes them and learns that
there is nothing to be afraid about hence the name of the title," an
Advancement of Learning. In the first two stanzas of the play he
portraits a relaxing picture using the ugly nature. " I considered the
dirty-keeled swans". The nature is also showing that the place is
filthy and that he is standing well away from it. He also using
enjambment when he connects the first and second stanza to show it is
still slow and peaceful language. " Pliable, oil-skinned, wearing A
transfer of gables and sky.

Everything starts to change in the 3 stanza. The language is now
moving fast because he is using devices like alliteration and
assonance. " Something slobbered curtly close, Smudging the silence. "
my throat Sickened so quickly. The words like sickened and quickly go
smooth together giving a fast language. Also the nature is dirty and
the nature makes us think that something slimy is coming out of the
water. In the forth stanza the boy is running from the rat and another
rat turns up so he is now trapped. The nature in this stanza just
increases the ugliness of the rat. " tracing its wet Arcs on the

In stanza 5 heany uses a military word to show that the boy is in the

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enemies' territory. " I established a dreaded Bridgehead. The way the
rhyming structure was set in this stanza was different and that
established that the poem was now changing again as the boy now was
forced to face his fears. Usually the rhyming structure was that the 1st
and 3rd line rhymed or the 2nd and 4th rhymed but now the words
"stare" and "care", which was the 2nd and 3rd, line rhymed. The 6th
stanza just continues on saying that the boy is now listening to hear
the evil plot of the rats. " Insidiously listening."

In stanza 6 and 7 he is forced to over come his fear and is now
looking at the rat more closely and picking out his scary features and
turning them neutral. " raindrop eye" or " old snout". Now he is in
control and he uses another military word. " He trained on me. I
stared him out Forgetting how I used to panic. Finally in the last
stanza he has learned something new and he has won the war between him
and the rats. " Retreated up a pipe of sewage.

Now I am going to talk about Death of a Naturalist. This poem is about
a boy who loves collecting frogspawn and loves little tadpoles and
frogs. Then one day at school his teacher tells him about the bullfrog
and he gets scared. Then one day the frogs were going back to the
flax-dam and he things that they are out to get revenge on him for all
the years he took the frogspawn so his love for nature dies out and he
is scared.

The first line of the poem shows us that the child has a passion for
the frogs, "Festered in the heart". This shows us that the feeling has
been growing in his with a very strong effect for a long time. Heaney
uses good imagery nature images to portray the surroundings of the
area. Also in the first two lines he uses alliteration like," flax-dam
festered, and" heavy headed". Also the nature he uses paint sensory
images in our head like "Bubbles gargled delicately" The nature he
describes so far. Is very muddy and slimy. The message he is trying to
give across here is that it is a horrible scary place yet the boy is
fearless and enjoys the nature. Another line which shows the
fearlessness of the child is," warm thick slobber Of frogspawn that
grew like clotted water. This simile does not just give us a sensory
image but it shows that he likes the frogspawn even though other
people find it disgusting.

Now the whole poem starts to change because before he was using
alliteration to make the sentences go quick and smooth but now the
sentences are long and drag on. The author goes on saying that he used
to love collecting the jam. This shows us that the times are changing
because he is using past tense. " here every spring I would fill jam
pots". Then the teacher in school tells him that the daddy frog
croaked and then the mummy frog would then lay the eggs. " the daddy
frog" and " mammy frog" This is actually very important because it
shows the youth and innocence because he is talking as though he was a
child and the teacher is not explaining properly about reproduction as
she thinks they are too young.

The drastic turn in the poem now occurs as the frogs are coming back
to the flax-dam. He thinks that the frogs are coming for him because
for all those years he stole their eggs. " The angry frogs invaded the
flax-dam. He again is using a military term to show his point. Another
war image he uses in the next sentence is, "I ducked through hedges."
He gives off a bit more evil with the line," the air was thick with a
bass chorus." He then follows up with more military images to further
increase his point which is the boy's imagination turning on him and
making him believe that these small creatures are coming to get him. "
frogs were cocked." He uses onomatopoeia to quicken the sentences and
give a sense of fear. " Slap and plop." One of the more detailed
images he uses are threatening and war like making the reader fell
that the boy in the poem is being attacked by a large army and makes
us sort of fell bad for him and also afraid. " obscene threats." The
simile he uses to make war images and also make this language speed up
is," poised like mud grenades, their blunt heads farting." He is still
trying to use quick sentences and fast language to make the couple of
seconds in the boys life last really long. Then the final blow was
struck and the boy's nature was taken from him. " The great slime
kings Were gathering there for vengeance and I knew That if I dipped
my hand the spawn would clutch it.

In both the poems heany uses fast language to show fear or memorable
emotions the boy feels. Like in an "advancement of Learning" when the
boy is forced to challenge his fear all the words start to flow
together because he uses devices like alliteration or assonance, and
he uses short quick sentences. When heany slows down his language
everything seems to be calm and is usually in the begging. Also in
both the poems heany loves to use war images or sensory images to help
us understand what he is trying to say. I think that heany is talking
about him self in the poems and I think that he used to love nature
but something corrupted him, especially in " death of a naturalist
because the boy he talks about looses his innocence in the poem and
his love for nature.

In conclusion the way heany uses the theme of nature to achieve his
point is by using sensory images to make pictures in our minds and
making us think. Like in "An Advancement of Learning he shows us the
fear the young boy had and he describes the nature to make us think of
slimy mud and mush and try to feel what the boy feels. " something
slobbered curtly, close, Smudging the silence." Also in "Death of a
Naturalist" Poised like mud grenades, their blunt heads farting. I
sickened, turned and, ran."
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