Explain how Seamus Heaney describes his childhood in Death of a Naturalist and Blackberry Picking

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The poems are about Heaney’s childhood, in his poems he explains the change of attitude to the natural world, and the poems both have two parts: the childhood and his views as an adult. His poems describe his experience as a child. The reader knows that Heaney is describing his childhood in “Blackberry Picking” because in his poem he shows a vivid account of picking blackberries which shows us that it can only be done by child. A quotation to prove this is “I always felt like crying. It wasn’t fair”. This evidence shows that the writer in his childhood cried always for the lost of his blackberries. All he wanted is to feel the sweetness as he eat them and he wanted them to stay the same every year as a quote on his poem ”Each year I hoped they would keep, knew they would not”. The blackberries went all rotten because he put too much of them into a single bucket. The reader knows that Heaney is describing his childhood in “Death of a Naturalist” because in his poem he shows him as a child enjoying the frogs in their nature and the entire world around it. Some evidence to prove this is “You could tell the weather by frogs too/For they were yellow in the sun and brown/In rain”. This quotation shows that in his poem he show happy emotions on his childhood, showing how he enjoy the nature world, but sometimes thing aren’t what they seem. Both poems are written in the past tense. This is to portray that Heaney is now an adult, but in the past he was a real child. A quotation from “Death of a Naturalist” is “weighted down by huge sods”. Similarly in “Blackberry Picking” is “You ate the first one and its flesh was sweet”. These quotations show how Heaney chooses to write in particular way, to evoke the memories of his childhood. In his poems Heaney has use temporal referees to show time on his poems which makes the reader see that it was written in the past

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