Death of a Naturalist
- It focuses on his experience of collecting and watching frogspawn as a child, and his reaction when the spawn turned into frogs.
- In the first ten lines of the poem Heaney uses vivid imagery to describe the setting and its sights, smell and sounds.
- Lines fifteen to twenty-one are a very childlike account of how the schoolteacher, Miss Walls, taught Heaney's class about frogs and frog spawn.
- In the second stanza, the ideas of the child in the poem change, he loses his interest in nature and now sees it as unappealing.
Both Stanza's begin ominously, dramatic language increases fear and anticipation of event.
Semantic fields: War and Weapons – childlike imagination and fear
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