By telling the story in the poem from a farmer who was frightened by lumbering horses as a child, the poet convinces us to imagine the horses in the same fearful way as the farmer saw them. Already in the first stanza, “they seemed terrible, so wild and strange” (line 3) suggests that these horses are not like the others which means that we would pay more attention to them because of the fear of the unknown.”Their hooves like pistons” (line 7) makes it sound like they are very heavy and so dangerous if we cross their way. In the [...]
In the early purges makes use feel sad for the kittens and other animals when Dan Taggard kills them. One of the ways the writer does this is by describe the kittens as cute by the mention of soft paws, this makes the kittens sound cute because softness is thought of something that you want near you and with paws it sounds like this would be a pet and normal and most people don’t like there pets dyeing. Another way the poem makes you sad is by just by having death of a household animal by drowning. This could be [...]
The first line of the third stanza, Dan Taggart says, “’Sure, isn’t better for them now?’” This tells the reader that Dan killed them because he believes that it is good for them. Also, the narrator of “The Early Purges” realized that Dan Taggart was killing the farm animals for their own good, as it says in the sixth stanza, “And now, when shrill pups are prodded to drown I just shrug, ‘Bloody pups’. This indicates that The boy is starting to understand Dan Taggart and therefore he believes it is the right thing to do. Also in the final [...]
Although at first the readers reaction to Dan Taggart killing kittens may be shock, horror and a suspicion that Taggart isn’t right in the head, after the second or third read through of the poem the reader starts to believe that Taggart had the right idea. ‘Sure, isn’t it better for them now?’ (7) When the reader sees this, they imagine the kittens as small weak and malnourished; if Taggart hadn’t killed them then they probably would have died in a slower more painful death, probably of starvation. Surely killing them now is better?
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At the beginning, readers of “The Early Purges” may react badly to Dan Taggart killing kittens, and feel anger towards him. After reading it two or three times, they begin to understand why he did it. Taggart says ‘Sure, isn’t it better for them now?’ (7), readers imagine that the kittens were in poor health or malnourished. They might start to think Dan Taggart did it for good intentions towards the kittens. They would have died anyway in probably worse conditions if he had not killed them. We end up thinking that maybe he was right of killing the kittens, [...]
‘Sure isn’t it better for them now?’ Dan said. Dan is not killing kittens for fun because on well-run farms pests have to be kept down. This shows us some relief knowing that the kittens are not just being killed for any other reason. In the fourth stanza “ ‘Prevention of cruelty’ talk cuts ice in town where they consider death unnatural”. Death is natural but as the six-year-old boy keeps thinking, he feels it is unnatural and cruel to do such a thing. After Dan Taggart has killed the little kittens, he makes us feel that [...]
Even though the poem mainly make us think that Dan has no mercy for animals, some details would make us think that he could be right. Firstly when he says ” ‘Sure, isn’t it better for them now?’ ” (7); this line suggests that the kittens were better off dying straight away than living on the farm. Same for when it says on the last line of the poem “on well-run farms pests have to be kept down” (21); on the same idea, this line implies that killing those animals is better for everyone’s survival, because if they stay alive, [...]
Details like “But on well-run farms pests have to be kept down” suggest that killing is a necessary. It is perhaps not something they enjoy doing. This could prove that Dan Taggart is right because of the way he does what is sustainability of the farm. “When shrill pups are prodded to drown I just shrug, ‘Bloody pups’. It makes sense:” This detail also enforces the idea that Dan Taggart is right, because the drowning of animals seems to be a thing that eventually starts to ‘make sense’ as the children of the farm grow up to the age were [...]
Dan Taggart kills animals, but some of the details in the poems mean that that makes sense and even that he might be right. For example when he says “The scraggy wee shits”, the kittens are thin and boney, underfed and will most likely die. There is the fact that Dan himself believes that it is right, “Sure, isn’t it better for them now?” so he is justified in his own eyes. “A frail metal sound”, they couldn’t even make much of a racket when death was almost upon them. And the way the speaker grows to agree, and points [...]
Descriptive vocabulary like ‘frail metal sound’ is used to create the illusion, that the reader is the six-year-old boy. Words like ‘dunghill, glossy and dead’ also shows the poets use of detailed and expressive words. Heaney doesn’t go into detail when describing the location of the event, for example he writes ‘cuts ice in town’ instead of a specific place. This allows the reader’s imagination to adapt his or her own location into the poem, making it feel personal. Heaney also creates that feeling by writing the poem in first person and not third person.
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In the second stanza it says ‘soft paws scraping like mad. But their tiny din was soon soused’, this tells us the kittens looked innocent before they died, and makes the readers feel sympathy for them which was probably what the 6 year old boy felt for the kittens as well.
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The Early Purges is a poem, written by the now deceased Seamus Heaney. It is written in the first person and talks about the more gruesome and not often talked about, but neccicary side of farms.
The way the animals are treated is a necessary kindness. The writer talks about his young life on the farm, and discusses the morality of killing animals and how he was hardened against it. The death of the kittens in the first stanza started his conditioning, and his “education” that people from towns/cities lack. As Dan Taggart says and Seamus grows to believe, its [...]
Some of the details in ‘The Early Purges’ make us feel like the six year old boy does. For example when the writer, Seamus Heaney, describes seeing the kittens as they ‘bobbed and shone till he sluiced them out on the dunghill’. When the reader sees this they automatically feel a sense of sadness and shock.
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In the poem “The Early Purges”, Seamus Heaney psychologically influences our emotions for the little boy and the kittens’ death . The first stanza claims that the kittens are being mistreated, when it reads “Dan Taggart pitched them, ‘the scraggy wee shits’, into a bucket; a frail metal sound”. Reading the second stanza horrifies the reader as it describes the kittens stressing before they drown. “Soft paws scraping like mad. But their tiny din Was soon soused. “ The words “soft” and “tiny” illustrate how innocent the kittens are and makes us feel pity for them, as much as the [...]
In the poem ‘The Early Purges’ the writer, Seamus Heaney, makes us feel similar feelings that the little boy in the poem is feeling. For example the first line is “I was six when i first saw kittens drown.” as soon as the reader reads that they automatically feel sad because everyone thinks that kittens are cute and its so sad to see them drowning. In the second stanza Seamus Heaney writes “Soft paws scrapping like mad. But their tiny din was soon soused.” this makes the reader feel uncomfortable because the poem is still talking about the kittens drowning,and [...]
The writer of ‘The Early Purges’ thoroughly describes his feelings of his childhood in this poem with specific details. The selection of words or phrases mainly contributes to the feeling that the poem gives. Some choices such as ‘suddenly frightened’, ‘fear’ or ‘sickening tug’ shows how the actions of Dan Taggart was seen cruel for the speaker, a 6-year-old child, who did not fully understand why Dan was killing ‘innocent’ animals. From the third and fourth stanza, referring from the words and phrases such as ‘glossy’, ‘dead’, ‘mealy’, ‘crisp’, ‘old summer dung’ the speaker lets us get into the 6-year-old’s [...]
In my opinion the child in the poem ‘The Early Purges’ is emotionally scarred when he sees death for animals come to his way at the age of six. The poem has details to make us feel this way, for example the words Seamus Heaney chooses for the poem. In the first stanza, “I was six when I first saw kittens drown” this first sentence automatically makes us feel unfortunate for the child that he had to see kittens. Kittens always seem more adorable to people than cats, and makes us feel have sympathy for the child who had to [...]
The author of ‘The Early Purges’, among many other poems, and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, has just passed away, age 74.
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The writer remineces about his life on a farm. He was six, when he first sees kittens drown, from the way he describes both the incedent and the aftermath it was a horrific thing and it hung on his consience for days evan weeks, how ever as Dan says “Sure, isn’t is better for them now?”, and the wrighter slowly starts to agree as he grows. He soon forgets the kittens, but still feels the touch of fear when other small animals were killed. But as said before as he grew he started to not care about the “false” feelings, [...]
The Early Purges is about a boy who grew up on a farm with Dan Taggart that kills farm animals. He was six when he first saw kittens drown. This image was stuck to Seamus’s head for a bit. He forgot about the drowning kittens for a little while, that was until Dan started to trap big rats, snared rabbits, shot crows, or pull of the necks of hens. At first he felt pity for the animals but as it continued and he started to mature, he soon understood the purpose behind Dan’s evil doings. The reason was because the [...]
“The Early Purges” is a slightly bizarre poem which in the beginning describes the experience that the six year old experiences when we witnesses the rough drowning of kittens.
Dan Taggert (who is the one drowning the kittens) refers to the kittens as “the scraggy wee shits” the drowning is then described in detail. The child eventually forgets the experience until he killed big rats, snared rabbits, shot crows or pulled hens’ necks. The poem then illustrates the image of the boy as an older boy or adult, but now as he has aged he has learned that perhaps it [...]
The Poem ‘The Early Purges’ by Seamus Heaney is about a boy who grows up on a farm. There is one thing that really bothered him when he was a little boy, he saw Dan Taggart drowning some new born kittens. This image stayed inside his head for weeks and everyday he sat and watched the “three sogged remains turn mealy and crisp as old summer dung” but as he grown up and matures he realizes that his friend dan was not just killing the kittens because he wanted to, but because it was the right thing to do. The [...]
“The Early Purges” is a poem written by Seamus Heaney starting where a six years old kid sees Dan Taggart drowning kittens. As he was young, and it was the first time he saw kittens drowning it was a shock for him. He mentions in the fourth stanza that he went to watch the dead kittens decaying over the summer; “for days I sadly hung Round the yard, watching the three sogged remains Turn mealy and crisp as old summer dung”. But as times flies by he eventually forgets the cruelty inflicted on those kittens and starts thinking like Dan. [...]
“The Early Purges” by: Seamus Heaney
“The Early Purges” is about a young six year old who has encountered the death of kittens. His dad who funs the family farm has to keep any rodents or any animal thats unwanted. The young boy who saw the quick but gruesome deaths does not know what to think. “for days i sadly hung round the yard, watching the three sogged remains turn mealy and crisp as old summer dung” Quote from the young boy who was thinking. Third Stanza (The Early Purges)
He does not agree with Dan taggart about killing the [...]
“The Early Purges” is a poem about a 6 year old boy who witnesses his friend, Dan Taggart, killing various farm animals. At the time, he felt sorry for the animals and found it shocking that people could do such a thing. He thought his friend had no mercy when killing animals and actually enjoyed it, but Taggart tries to assure him its better for them now and he forgets about the kittens he saw drown until Taggart starts killing them again.
Over time, the poet comes to forget the feeling he had when watching the 3 kittens being killed, [...]
The speaker begins by thinking back to his early ages, when he lived on a farm in the countryside. In the first stanza, he is six when he first sees kittens drown. The first line of the second stanza, he mentions about the scratching sound the kittens made when they drowned. In the first line of the third stanza, Dan’s question shows his thoughts about killing the kittens. In the first line of the fourth stanza, speaker’s frightened feelings about the corpses of the dead kittens are shown. In the fifth stanza, Dan’s killing of animals causes the speaker to [...]
The Early Purges is a poem about a 6 year old little boy that witnesses farm animals being killed. He feels sad for 3 kittens, being drowned by Dan Taggard. D. Taggard shows no mercy killing the kittens, though he does tell the little boy that they will be better now and reassures him a little. After killing the kittens, he ‘flushes’ them down the river. Their coats become as hard as leather. The boy forgets about them until Taggard starts killing other animals again.
The man not only kills cats, but other various animals such [...]
This poem was very hard to interpret for me. As it had a much deeper meaning than the other poem we read “Otherwise”. I think that this poem calls out a lot to happiness. But what really intrigued me was the second line
“or the way it turns up like a prodigal”
This line really makes me wonder why happiness turns up like a prodigal. Prodigal means a person who lavishly and extravagantly spends their money on useless items. Its strange how Jane Kenyon thinks that happiness comes at the strangest and most unpredictable moments.
I like this poem more [...]
This poem is a very interesting poem as it contrasts the different opinions about a happy and a sad life. I like how Jane Kenyon tells us that even though she is doing all the things she describes she is also doing the work that she likes to do, it might be sewing, knitting or any other conventional hobbies women like to do. But even with all of the god things happening around she still has the same line repeated all the time
“it might have been otherwise”
I think the reason this quote has been repeated is because its [...]
jane kenyon is a poet born in may 1947 and dead in april 1995 of a leukemia .
the poem is posthumous title from a poem book: new and selected poems, edited in 1996 though we don’t really know the exact written date but we can suppose that it was written during her sickness.
when I first read this poem, I first thought that it was a banal life description, but, I re-read and analyzed the poem, and I figured out that it’s Jane Kenyon’s life description after a diagnostic revealing her cancer. this text could be qualified as a [...]
Happiness is a poem written by Jane Kenyon. Jane Kenyon is a poet that died in April 1994 because of cancer. In this poem, she says that happiness is “a prodigal who comes back to the dust at your feet having squanered a fortune far away”. She also says that happiness can come to everything/everyone, it is just that sometimes you do not recognise it, and about how hard it is to explain happiness. She tells us that happiness will come to you when you are depressed, and “happiness is the uncle you never knew about”.
I personally liked the [...]
The poem “Happiness” by Jane Kenyon is about, well, happiness. It talks about how anyone in any situation can get happiness even though they might be hopeless. She mentions the prodigal in the bible who wasted all his money and came broke back to his father who was not mad at him like expected but cried in happiness to see his son again. She writes about happiness as an uncle you never knew about, who takes this long and complicated way just to find you. Happiness comes to anyone, she writes about a monk, a child whose mother passed out [...]
Happiness by Jane Kenyon made me to wonder about what is happiness’s true meaning. I read through this poem as I contrast with other poem from Jane Kenyon, “otherwise”. I think there is evidence of author wondering by herself to figure out certain thing in the poem. There was two idea of what happiness mean. First one was “there’s just no accounting for happiness or the way it turns up like a prodigal”. Second one was “Happiness is the uncle you never knew about, who flies a single-engine plane onto the grassy landing strip” I liked how Jane Kenyon described [...]
Happiness is the second poem we have read by Jane Kenyon. This one is noticeably more sophisticated and harder to interpret than Otherwise, the first poem we had analysed. In Happiness, Kenyon uses her powerful descriptions to personify happiness in ways never imagined before. Her unique and eccentric personifications bring the poem to life and we even visualize happiness as a living being. I think this poem is Kenyon’s better poem as her portrayal of happiness is much more vibrant and striking than her description of a day in Otherwise.
It even comes to the boulder in the perpetual shade [...]
Happiness by Jane Kenyon is a poem that really makes us wonder what happiness is. In this poem, the author, Jane Kenyon first says that happiness might just turn up like a prodigal, which means that happiness might just turn up like a waste. She is trying to tell us that we never know when happiness will come to us.
After reading this poem, I began to wonder what happiness really is. This poem also made me so confused because the author used a lot of imagery and it made the poem sound so complicated. My brain was so full [...]
The poem “Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon talks about the day of a person. Her life is very normal, nearly boring and nothing unexpected or surprising is happening. She gets up, has breakfast, walks her dog, works. She meets a mate, has a nice dinner, sleeps in her lovely room and plans another day, just like that one. But in the poem after each of those things she says: It might have been otherwise. The last sentence is:
But one day, I know, it will be otherwise.
This makes the reader think about all the usual things she does and even [...]
The Poem”Happiness” by Jane Kenyontalks about how people judge happiness to easily, even though at the same time there is no way of describing what it is. The Poet is saying that happiness comes to everything and everyone even if we don’t know it. she somehow gives the cup, boulder, and rain personification by saying that they can receive happiness similar to how people can receive it. The poet is also saying that happiness comes in many forms for many different people “That happiness saved its most extreme form for you alone”. This is a line from her second stanza [...]
When I read Happiness by Jane Kenyon, It reminds me of how happiness is unexpected and will surprise you. In the first two stanzas she writes of a bible story where the son went off with his inheritance money, spent it on fun and came back to his father penniless hoping for forgiveness, and his father is rejoiced. Which also reminds us that happiness can come from righting a wrong. In the third stanza Jane Kenyon really reminds us of how happiness can come out of the blue, when she writes
No, Happiness is the uncle you never knew about,who [...]
“Happiness” by Jane Kenyon is a poem about the different forms of happiness and the how everyone and everything can find it. She tells us how when we are destroyed and completely depressed happiness will surely come to us. How even a tired glass holding wine will be rid of the wine in it.
I liked this poem because it feels like she really examined these objects or has some kind of connection to them in real life. The way she describes each person and thing that finds happiness is something I have never really thought about. I kept thinking [...]
Otherwise by Jane Kenyon is a poem that is describing a very normal day of a person. It was very easy to understand the poem because the poet did not contain any difficult vocabulary. The person start his/her day with getting out of bed. The poet then eats a very typical breakfast and takes her dog to the birch wood for a walk. She then works, meets her friend and eat dinner.
The poem reminded me about how lucky I am to be able to do the very basic things I do everyday, like getting out from bed with “two [...]
this poem is in my opinion very thought-provoking. thoughts like why it could be otherwise and who this character is, and when will it be otherwise. i liked this poem because it is so mysterious and it keeps you guessing, feeding you only small crumbs of the story at a time, yet at the end leaving you hungry for more still. the authors description of the breakfast intigued me, describing it as:
I ate cereal, sweet milk, flawless peach. it might have been otherwise.
and then dinner as:
We ate dinner together at a table with silver candlesticks. it might [...]
The poem is called “Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon. The poem is about the speaker in the poem’s daily life. The speaker repeats the word otherwise a lot. I like the way the author mentions or uses otherwise again and again. She does something that is perfectly normal things for us such as work, go have a walk wi the dog or have dinner etc and say “It might have been otherwise”. It makes me think as if some incident have happened to the speaker and at any moment she cannot do it anymore. She feels happy and thankful to everything [...]
Otherwise by Jane Kenyon is a poem I personally think, about a person who is stuck in a rut and hopes that one day, they will be able to escape from their routine. In the poem we see that the narrator daily gets out of bed, eats cereal and a peach,walks the dog to the usual spot,worked,came home,ate dinner,and went to bed everyday. If that were me in their spot I would be feeling very bored and tired of doing the same thing everyday with nothing new and exciting happening ever.The idea of the narrator wanting to come out of [...]
“Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon is a poem that tells the story of a person with a very ordinary life. This person eats, takes his dog out, works, hangs out with his friends and then goes to bed. This seems like something everyone does almost everyday and there is nothing special about it. The poet then adds the work “otherwise” after every sentence. This makes us think about why it would be different and how. This word makes us think more about the words and is very effective.
I didn’t completely like this poem but it really made me think hard [...]
This poem describes a daily life of a person. However, the strange part is that it repeats “otherwise” over and over again. It made me feel relaxed when it was describing the person’s daily life, hungry when it was describing the food she or he ate and wonder when it kept on saying otherwise. It made me think about my daily life, what I do everyday and made me think again about what it would have been otherwise. She or he in the poem is feeling thankful about everything they have and is worried about the fact that they might [...]
Otherwise, a poem by Jane Kenyon, describes the routine-led life of an anonymous female/male (I will refer to the person as she). It is hinted that the character leads a repetitive and tedious life, for she plans her following day to be exactly the same as the one prior. This made me wonder about normality and how lucky or unlucky we, as humans, are to lead such futile lives.
When we look back, most of us can relate to the poet’s description of a regular day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, exercise and sleep. In the first stanza’s first few lines, Kenyon [...]
It became one of my favourite poem since “Our other sister”. I liked how the writer Jane Kenyon repeated word “otherwise” few times and describe the setting of the story in detail. It confused me sometimes but it built up it’s own personality of the poem by repeating specific word to emphasise and make the time of setting move smoothly. Choice of vocabulary from the writer was simple so I had no problem understanding the poem. For example, he used simple words like uphill, mate and cereal.The poem felt like a happy person’s life at saturday morning. Word “love” suggests [...]
“Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon was an interesting Poem. I Like this Poem because, it calls us into realizations about life that we take for granted thinking as if things will be the same forever. In another way as you look back on your life, you realize that things have changed . The word, “Otherwise” pushes us to appreciate the moments we have lived and that we must stop for a second, and think about how lucky we are. “Otherwise” forces us to take a deep look at ourselves and realize that things could have turned out differently and even worse [...]
The poem gives me several feelings. The first and foremost feeling is mortality. I am not sure you can technically feel mortality as it is not a emotion. However after eating the poem i feel mortal. The whole poem is about how one day things will change whether you like it or not. The most used words in the poem are “it might have been otherwise.” This shows that she is living a nice content life but she will not always have a life like this. Eventually somethings going to happen, disease, accident, old age or death will stop her [...]
Personally I don’t really think that this test we did a week before was a lot like the exam we did last year in our end of year exam on Romeo and Juliet. To me, there’s a big difference in how to answer and analyze the poem and it’s context. It was quite hard and I wasn’t really used to it which ultimately led to an unfinished and probably unsatisfying test result. I need to work on spending equal amounts of time analyzing each stanza and identify quickly of which one is the most important. I hope I’ll do better [...]