Mid term break clipart heart

Oct 18 2019

“Death of a Naturalist”, the collection’s second poem, details the exploits of a young boy collecting frogspawn from a flax-dam. The narrator remembers everything he saw and felt at those times. He then remembers his teacher telling him all about frogs in a section that speaks volumes about childhood innocence. Finally, we hear about a trip to the flax-dam that went wrong. He feels threatened by the frogs and flees. His interest in nature has gone – this is the death of a “naturalist” suggested in the poem’s title. The poem makes extensive use of onomatopoeia and a simile that compares the behaviour of the amphibians to warfare (“Some sat poised like mud grenades”) amongst other techniques.

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