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Heaneys An Advancement of Learning and Churning Day and Ted Hughes Roe-Deer all use language and structure to enhance the meaning of the poem Heaneys style of poetry tends to be much more personal as it clearly reverts to his own life experiences Thus the types of themes present in Heaneys poems are typically things like tradition identity regeneration and as always conflict Alternatively Hughes style of poetry has a propensity to be perplexing as he involves themes a little more imaginative and out of the ordinary For instance nature division destruction and of course conflict Putting differences aside similarities between the two poets styles of writing can also be distinguished For example a theme that emerged in Heaneys Churning Day and Hughes Roe-Deer was memorytime Another similarity would be conflict though it is a universal theme and while it is recognisable in all three poems in my opinion a poem wouldnt be a poem without a conflict In this essay I intend to compare and contrast the three poems mentioned in the opening line by studying the themes at hand The most dominant theme in all three poems is conflict In An Advancement of Learning Heaney used the phrase well away from the road now which by reading between the lines suggests that not only is he away from the road but hes also away from his home this brings up the theme of tradition being broken and evidently conflict The idea of a broken tradition developing into a conflict was also apparent in another of Heaneys poems called Digging thus allowing this phrase to have greater significance In An Advancement of Learning a few images are portrayed which are normally associated with the battlefield For example the term retreated clearly suggests war could Heaney perhaps be referring to the England Vs Ireland conflict that was happening In addition throughout Churning Day Heaneys choice of words alone implied conflict Eg large pottery bombs and
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