Seamus Heaney- Personal Helicon

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Who was it written for?
Another poet who grew up in Ireland, reflection of growing up in Ireland.
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Discuss the significance of the title.
'Personal'- private, local and special. 'Helicon'- A mountain in Greece said to be the source of poetry, well known (global, links to adulthood)
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Discuss lexical choices within the poem.
'waterweed' 'fungus'- negative imagery. 'clean' 'soft'- positive imagery. 'savored' 'loved'- emotive language. 'long roots'- literal and metaphorical.
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Which themes are explored within Personal Helicon?
Greek mythology ('Narcissus' and 'Helicon'); N fell in love with his own reflection and drowned. Childhood V Adulthood('beneath all adult dignity'):Starts with him as a child and progresses. Nature ('waterweed' 'moss'): present throughout.
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How is tone explored?
Nostalgic ('to set the darkness echoing' past tense verb): Talking about himself through the 'well' extended metaphor. Ashamed ('beneath all adult dignity'): realising how childish he is. Disapproving ('pry', harsh verb tone): harsh outlook.
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Discuss the significance of the structure of Personal Helicon.
Half rhyme scheme, always last syllables that rhyme (sounds like an echo, links to theme of wells). Enjambment allows the poem to flow like water would.
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How does the structure change?
Stanza 1-4: Focus on wells, childhood. Stanza 5: Focuses on adult perspective.
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How are pronouns and tenses significant?
Stanza 1 and 2: past tense verbs, shown from adult perspective. Stanza 3 and 4: addressing the reader, personally addressing Michael? Stanza 5: present tense verbs, adult perspective.
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mariam687

thanks :)

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