Miracle on St David's Day:
Summary: About the narrator reading poetry to patients in a mental hospital, the poem goes
through the different people that the poem's being read to and focuses near the end on a particular
man. He seems to have an emotional connection with the poem and for the first time in years the man
speaks, not only is he speaking but he is reciting the poem word for word. This is seen as the
`miracle' that the title of the poem suggests.
Language devices: Irony (used in the first stanza), change of tones (used in second stanza near the
end), anaphora (used in the third stanza repetition of `not), binary oppositions (used in fourth stanza),
imagery (used in first and fifth stanza), enjambment (used in second and third stanza) and welsh
context (used in second stanza and last stanza.)
Themes: Power of words and memory, sudden moments of transformation, memories, illness,
health and miracles.
Death of a Naturalist:
Summary: About the memories of a young boy at the pond collecting frogspawn, it also explains in
detail his surroundings. Then there is a sudden shift in tone and the frogs are described in an almost
distressing manor, as they are not looked at in amazement but in disgust. It shows the change in a
person as they grow up and memories fad and new impressions overcome the joy of the past.
Language devices: Long vowels (used in the first lines), short vowels (used in the first lines),
alliteration (used in the fourth and eleventh line), onomatopoeia (used in the fifth line, mimics the
buzz of flies and the twenty eighth line), repetition (used in the thirteenth line), childish language
(used in the fifteenth line), anaphora (used in the thirteenth and fourteenth line), imagery (used in the
twenty eighth line) and military terms (used in the first lines of the second stanza and twenty seventh
Themes: Childhood/adolescent memories, sudden moments of transformation, fears of growing up,
disgust, fear and immaturity.
Summary: About the memories of the narrator when he was a little boy and the fear that he had of
the barn he used to go in to. Is a very negative poem conveying the that the boy had of this barn and
how everything appeared to be much larger and scarier to him as he was young, explains in detail the
features and specific subjects in the barn that added to the fearful impact it had on him. Results in the
narrator getting terrified of the barn and feeling as if he's going to be attacked.
Language devices: Similes (used in first, third and fifth stanza), connotations (used in the first
stanza), alliteration (used in the third stanza), descriptive language (used in most stanzas to portray
the emotions of the narrator.)
Themes: Childhood nightmares, fears, power of imagination, memories and isolation.