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    I'm studying seamus Heaney and I need to write a critical essay with the question 'childhood often provides fertile ground for poetic inspiration' with 3 poems. these are Personal Helicon, Follower and Digging. I've to consider what Heaney says about chilhood and consider how he has developed as an adult. help???? I don't have a clue how to write this essay!
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    I'm studying seamus Heaney and I need to write a critical essay with the question 'childhood often provides fertile ground for poetic inspiration' with 3 poems. these are Personal Helicon, Follower and Digging. I've to consider what Heaney says about chilhood and consider how he has developed as an adult. help???? I don't have a clue how to write this essay!
    Assuming you can't ask your teacher for help?

    The title suggests an essay of two halves. To begin with, look at childhood. Pick out some factual information that can be gleaned from the poems, such as references to his family. What did he see or do as a child?
    The second part would give you a chance to show more skill, by assessing his feelings towards these incidents and people now that he is an adult. Does he have affecting for the people of his childhood, or does he look back in anger? How do we know? What themes appear in the poems, to suggest that these are important to him? Is there a sense that his feelings have changed since he was a child?
 
 
 
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