- Created by: Penguin1908
- Created on: 22-09-19 16:03
- Heaney's brother died when he was young and the death affected Heaney badly. Most of his poems are about the loss of innocence.
- He grew up on a farm and many of his poems are based on upbringing.
- Poem focuses a lot on the loss of childhood innocence as Heaney views the darker side of nature.
- Heaney feels threatened and frightened which is shown at the end of the poem.
"festered, heavy, rotted, weighted, sweltered, punishing, gargled" - Negative language which foreshadows how the speaker feels towards the end of the poem.
"Heart, green, bubbles, delicately" - Positive language in an oxymoronic sense.
"dragon-flies, butterflies" - Beautiful creatures, he only sees beauty.
"but best of all was the warm thick slobber... grew like clotted water" - Negative imagery (foreshadows)
"in the shade…