Seamus Heaney Indicative Content

  • Created by: totaloser
  • Created on: 22-05-19 19:10

Q: Examine how the writer (Heaney) presents views on childhood in 'Hailstones' and one other poem of your choice


  • Through a first person viewpoint
  • Use of energetic verbs, relates to the theme of childhood and childish nature: 'hit and hit' 'made'
  • Semantic field of childhood/education: 'classroom' 'ruler across the knuckles' 'brats'
  • Use of foregrounding about the memory: 'something whipped and knowledgeable had withdrawn'
  • Phonological effects to replicate the movement and sounds of hailstones: 'rattling the classroom window'
  • Split into three parts to show the progression from present, to past and then back into the present


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