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How Seamus Heaney Evokes The Sensations And Emotions Of Childhood By Comparing Any Three Of His Poems.

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28 September 2003How Seamus Heaney Evokes the Sensations and Emotions of Childhood by Comparing any Three of his PoemsI am going to compare "Churning Day", "An Advancement of Learning" and Mid-Term Break". The topics I am going to cover are Heaney's use of senses, the changes of mood, how he conveys emotions, his subject matters and the structure of his poems.First I am going to look at Heaney's use of the senses, which he does with great effect making you feel as if you are in the poem.In "Churning Day", Heaney uses a lot of onomatopoeia, even the title is onomatopoeia, 'Churning'. 'Plumping' (Line 7) is also using onomatopoeia to give you a sort of snug feeling. 'The plash and gurgle' (Line 33) and 'pat and slap' (Line 34) is Heaney's other use of onomatopoeia in "Churning Day". These make you imagine more than the other two in my opinion that you are actually there while the churning is going on. It is obviously a very noisy business and I think Heaney conveys that fact to us well. In contrast, "Mid-Term Break" contains only one usage of onomatopoeia, 'the baby cooed and laughed', and this is to convey the baby's ignorance, the onomatopoeia makes it seem more immediate. It is a very emotional poem with a sombre mood, so there is unlikely to be much sound apart from the occasional cry. The baby is a slight relief in the sadness of the rest of the poem. In "An Advancement of Learning", Heaney uses onomatopoeia to describe the rat in much deeper detail. 'Something slobbered', Heaney's first encounter with the rat is by sound. 'Slobbered' shows that the rat is wet (to slobber is to be wet with saliva), it also shows that it is something which Heaney doesn't like, it is not a flattering word at all. Heaney's other use of onomatopoeia is to show us how he developed his fear of rats 'scraped...on ceiling boards above my bed'. Thinking of a rat scraping his claws on the ceiling boards above us when we are trying to sleep makes our skin crawl, it really helps us understand how hard this is for him. Heaney uses onomatopoeia most in "Churning Day" because it is a very noisy process, almost never in "Mid-Term Break" because it is a sombre poem where the atmosphere is too sad for noise, and a little bit in "An Advancement of Learning" to deepen our understanding his fear of rats. Whenever Heaney wants to make sounds clearer to us he uses onomatopoeia.Heaney uses texture and touch as well to convey to us in greater detail how it would feel if we were there and touched things. In "Churning Day", Heaney starts by describing how the crust was 'coarse-grained' (Line 1) making us realise how rough it was, this reflects the mood of the poem in general, how hard "Churning Day" was. Heaney describes how the kitchen floor was 'flagged' (Line 9) to describe how flat the floor was. We then get into the real action of the poem, 'Arms ached. Hands blistered.'(Lines 15-16) This describes how it felt to do all this churning, it was not an easy thing to do. 'Corrugated...

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