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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
‘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’ [...]
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 [...]
Details like “But on well-run farms pests have to be kept down” suggest that on the farms it is necessary, not necessarily something they want to do, this could prove that Dan Taggert is right because of the way he does what is necessary for the farm not for enjoyment. “When shrill pups are prodded [...]
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 [...]
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’ [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 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 [...]
“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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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, [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]