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1

What is it about

The poem describes the memories of a young boy who has been collecting frogspawn from a flax-dam

2

What are the themes

Life
Nature
Memories
Loss
Sexuality
Conflict
Growing up
Change
Humans Vs Nature

3

What is the context

Heaney’s with nature as a boy. A metaphor for the loss of his childhood innocence, as he looks back wistfully at his youthful naivety.

4

What’s the structure

2 distinct stanzas- the 2nd is very negative in tone, the poem is quite conversational.
Iambic pentameter, enjambment, caesuras, lots of onomatopoeia. Like he’s recounting a true event

5

“All year the flax- dam festered in the heart”

Place where flax (a plant to make linen) is soaked to soften it.
He loves to spend time there

6

“But best of all was the warm thick slobber”

Onomatopoeia.
He enjoys watching all the new life grow in the pond

7

“Angry frogs invade”

Threatening language.
Doesn’t like how they have matured

8

“The great slime kings were gathered there for vengeance”

Revenge.
Revenge for collecting the tadpoles

9

What is the first stanza about

Innocence of the boy. Keen to learn about the frogs.
Sounds and image fused. Peaceful and idyllic.

10

What is the second stanza about

He is sickened by reality. Horror. Negative use of senses

11

Who is the poet

Seamus Heaney