A critical appreciation of the poem 'Death of a Naturalist' Essay

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The poem is called 'Death of a naturalist', a man called Shamus Heini wrote it. the poem is about a little boy who lives in the countryside who has a passion for wildlife, who collects frogspawn and brings it into school, puts it on the windowsills and watches it day by day changing into tad poles. The poem is a narrative poem. The poet is trying to get a message across to the readers, the message is: he is trying to make out in the first stanza that it's about a boy and his vision of nature but this all changes in the second stanza as he is then scared of frogs. Before i read the poem i thought that the poem 'Death of a naturalist' meant that somebody/ something was goind to die. I also thought the person might not have died but it was just that something might have happened to the person and he/she might not have been able to carry on with their work. Then after i had read the poem i realised that nobody had died. It wad about a young boy who loved nature. He collected frogspawn but then after he came face to face with a frog and after it had glared at him, he then lost his love for the species of frogs. I thought the poem was very good as the title makes you think one thing but then when you actually read the poem it's about something different. The mood in the first stanza makes you think that the boy is very happy and enjoying life, then in the second stanza the mood changes and makes you feel scared for the boy. The mood does change throughout the poem as in the first stanza the boy is happy, then in the second stanza he is scared and unhappy. The poem is layed out in two different stanza's this makes it easier for the reader to read and digest. The poet has structured his ideas in this way as he wants to express two different emotions. The line lengths are short therefore they are easy to read. The lengths of the sentances

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