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28 September 2003 How Seamus Heaney Evokes the Sensations and Emotions of Childhood by Comparing any Three of his Poems I am going to compare Churning Day An Advancement of Learning and Mid-Term Break The topics I am going to cover are Heaneys 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 Heaneys 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 Heaneys 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 babys 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 Heaneys 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 doesnt like it is not a flattering word at all Heaneys other use of onomatopoeia is to show us how he
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