Seamus Heaney - Death of A Naturalist

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For part of our GCSE coursework we have been asked to write an essay comparing and analyzing two poems, “Death of a Naturalist” by Seamus Heaney and “In Mrs.Tilcher’s Class” by Carol Ann Duffy. Both of these poems deal with the aspect of growing up and losing your childhood innocence. Seamus Heaney was born in April 1939, the eldest in a family of nine at the family farmhouse called Mossbawn, between Castledawson and Toomebridge in Northern Ireland. His father, Patrick Heaney, owned and worked a small farm of fifty acres in County Derry, but his real commitment was to cattle-dealing with his brother, Heaney’s uncle. Heaney had a rural upbringing and grew up as a country boy. He attended the local primary school, Anahorish Primary. When he was twelve he received a scholarship to St.Columb’s College, a Catholic boarding school situated in the city of Derry. While at St.Columb’s College Heaney’s younger brother was killed in a car accident. After this tragic indicent Seamus went on to write "Mid-Term Break" and "The Blackbird of Glanmore”. Heaney studied English Language and English Literature at Queen’s University, Belfast. He graduated with with a first class Honours Degree in 1961. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 and is currently living in Dublin with his wife. Every poem Heaney wrote about had happened in his life and every poem had a very strong meaning. Most of his peoms dealt with the troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1960’s however “Death of a Naturalist” does not, instead the poem is set outdoors amd uses the life cycle of the frog to describe the changes that are occuring in his life and in his surroundings. Heaney organises the poem into two stanzas, corresponding to the change in him as a boy. By showing that this change is linked with education and learning, Heaney is concerned with the inevitability of the progression from

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