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key poem themes 

  • heaney
  • clarke
  • pre-1914
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key poems

Seamus Heaney:

Storm on the island (page 19)-

  • despair/loss/grief
  • threat/kill/death
  • fear
  • nature
  • sacrifice

Death of a naturalist (page 21)-

  • attitude to life
  • memory of past
  • nature
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key poems

Digging (page 22)-

  • despair/loss/grief
  • attitude to life
  • memory of past
  • confession
  • parent/child relationship
  • nature

At a potato digging (page 25)-

  • despair/loss/grief
  • physical pain
  • memory of past
  • threat/kill/death
  • nature
  • religion
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key poems

Gillian Clarke-

Catrin (page 27)-

  • despair/loss/grief
  • physical pain
  • memory of past
  • parent/child relationship
  • fear
  • sacrifice

A difficult birth, Easter 1998 (page 29)-

  • position of women
  • despair/loss/grief
  • physical pain
  • threat/kill/death
  • fear
  • nature
  • religion
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key poems

The field mouse (page 30)-

  • despair/loss/grief
  • physical pain
  • attitude to life
  • threat/kill/death
  • fear
  • nature
  • religion

Cold knap lake (page 31)-

  • physical pain
  • jealousy/hate
  • memory of past
  • parent/child relationship
  • threat/kill/death
  • nature
  • religion
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key poems

Pre1914-

On my first sonne (page 46)-

  • despair/loss/grief
  • attitude to life
  • memory of past
  • parent/child relationship
  • threat/kill/death
  • love/romance
  • fear
  • religion

The Eagle (page 57)-

  • jealousy/hate
  • attitude to life
  • parent/child relationship
  • nature
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key poems

The affliction of margaret (page 47)-

  • despair/loss/grief
  • jealousy/hate
  • attitude to life
  • memory of past
  • parent/child relationship
  • love/romance
  • fear
  • religion

Patrolling Barnegat (page 49)-

  • despair/loss/grief
  • attitude to life
  • fear
  • nature
  • religion
6 of 8

key poems

The laboratory (page 52)- 

  • position of women
  • despair/loss/grief
  • jealousy/hate
  • male and female relationships
  • memory of past
  • confession
  • threat/kill/death
  • love/romance
  • fear
  • religion
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key poems

The song of the old mother (page 46)-

  • position of women
  • despair/loss/grief
  • jealousy/hate
  • attitude to life
  • memory of past
  • parent/child relationship
  • boredom
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