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Copy of Understanding of Seamus Heaney’s Death of Naturalist

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By Eden Brill Understanding of Seamus Heaney’s Death of Naturalist The Irish Poet Seamus Heaney’s first book “Death of a Naturalist” conveys many touching themes. Perhaps the most significant themes are searching for identity and the focus on relationships, which Heaney concentrates on many times throughout his collection. He emphasizes searching and understanding of ones identity in both the poems "Digging"(p.3), which is the first poem in the group and "Personal Helicon"(p.46), which is the last. Introduction Digging by Seamus Heaney Theme 1: Identity This poem tells the story of a young Heaney losing his innocence and undergoing a transformation from child to young man. Theme 1: Identity This piece of writing focuses greatly on the theme of relationships, since not only is this poem about the connection between land versus water, on the surface but also women versus men as the deeper meaning. Theme 2: Relationships The poem focuses on the relationship between violence in nature and how little control humans have over its wildness. Theme 2: Relationships Thank You for Listening! Heaney focuses on relationships many times in his collection, especially on his bonds with his loved ones and the idea of humans versus nature. He concentrates on his bonds with loved ones in one of the last poems in the collection called “poem”(p.37). In the poem “Lovers on Aran”(p.36) Heaney writes about a relationship, but focuses on the idea of humans versus nature and women versus men. Personal Helicon by Seamus Heaney Heaney searches for his identity throughout this poem, as he is forced to look into himself and find his strength to overcome the devastating loss of his four year old brother Theme 1: Identity Theme 2: Relationships The interestingly named “Poem” is a work that is written for his wife. He explains his inability to function without her and how much he is dependent on her in order for him to be successful. Theme 2: Relationships Heaney searches for his identity throughout this poem, as he is forced to look into himself and find his strength to overcome the devastating loss of his four year old brother, this poem focuses on more than just searching for identity, but also the theme of relationships. Both Themes of
Identity & Relationships In the poem Twice Shy, Seamus Heaney describes a walk taken by lovers on a lovely spring evening. Heaney describes both the relationship between the lovers themselves and the lovers and their environment. The poem digging is about Heaney’s search for identity and his dealing of not fitting into his families’ way of life. He constantly compares the men in his family and their skills in farming to himself.

Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney Twice Shy by Seamus Heaney Lovers on Aran by
Seamus Heaney Poem by Seamus Heaney Storm on an Island by Seamus Heaney Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney Thank You for Listening! Thank You for Listening! Thank You for Listening!
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