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seamus_heaneyThis week, we have gone with some more Seamus Heaney for you. We’ve always loved this poem by Heaney, it’s definitely one of our favourites here at Dagda Publishing.

This piece tells of youthful days spent in nature, of childish innocence, and ultimately a metaphorical death of that childish wonder. The poem makes extensive use of onomatopoeia and there is a masterful simile that compares the behaviour of the amphibians  to warfare (“Some sat poised like mud grenades”) amongst other techniques. A deep, metaphysical comment on the nature of life and the loss of childish wonder. A true classic of modern poetry.