Early purges

in my opinion the early purges shows how humans are influenced by how they and their family live e.g. if you lived in a city like london today death would be un-natural however if you lived on a frm death would be natural thing because of how you have grown up to be with your type of enviroment. it also shows how humans adapt to occasions when theyhave committed or have seen them happen such as the young boy only being 6 years old death was un-natural to him but as he continued to watch dan taggart kill the pests [...]

The Early Purges

The Early Purges is a poem about a little boy who saw a kitten drown by Dan Taggart at the age of six. At the time, he was frightened and the image of the kitten drowning stayed with him for days. When the memories were finally forgotten, it all came flooding back when Dan trapped big rats, snared rabbits, shot crows and pull of the heck of old hens. But as time passed, and the narrator got older, when pups were killed brutally in front of him. All he would say was, ‘Bloody pups’ and feel no remorse.

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My thoughts on “The Early Purges”

The Early Purges is an exemplar of the difference that a different up bringing or different environment and actions from what we consider to be a norm may affect a person life or beliefs as well as behaviour. This is evident as the writer expresses his strong disapproval during the first stanza while he shows no remorse only the thought of doing whats best on a farm during the last stanza. I believe that we cannot define what one does as correct or incorrect but whether or not they have a strong enough reason as well as a way to [...]

Personal response to the poem.

The Early Purge’s writer Seamus Heaney, in the poem described how his opinion has changed over the years.

Contrast between the two charactors is extremly obvious in the first 4 stanzas. Dan Taggart represented the farmer’s point of view on killing animals. can tell from the descriptions ‘ When Dan trapped big rats, snared rabbits, shot crows. Or, with a sickening tug, pulled old hens’ necks’ that farmers feel no guit or pity for the animals as they are being brutally killed. The oppoiste point of view comes from the write as a kid. He was horrified seeing the kittens [...]

My Thoughts On “The Early Purges”

This poem brings up many questions about our world, of which I believe the most important theme to be the difference between how people view the world and how these visions might be caused or affected by the environment.

The contrast between the attitudes of people in town and rural areas is an example of different views from people. People in town, who grew up in an environment in which most people care for animals as pets, and probably in a family with a stable income, would think that killing is cruel. On the other hand, [...]

the early purges

The early purges is a poem about how “pests” were treated at a farm. It starts out with a young child witnessing someone drown kittens in a bucket. At first he is surprised and sad but as he becomes older, he gets used to the deaths of unwanted animals at the farm.

At one point he says,”Still, living displaces false sentiments.” Here he is saying that his own life and wellbeing is more important than the unwanted animals. Some people believe that this is wrong, me included. The whole poem is about moral judgment and how it changes as you [...]

the early purges

The early purges, for me, is about a young boy/girl witnessing a scene that is classed as disturbing for him, yet to dan taggart it is like he is doing them a favour “isnt it better for them now?”. This is portrayed in modern society via euphanasia, and is it right to kill one animal but not another? For example, if your frail old dog was suffering excrutiating pain every day, you would probably put it out of its misery, however, if your grandpa was your dog in this scenario would you try to keep him alive for as long [...]

The Early Purges

I was quite surprised about the topic of the first few stanzas: drowning some kittens. This section and the rest of the poem raise many moral questions; some about whether it is acceptable to kill certain animals and others about the definition of “pest” and species-ism (compare racism). In class we were introduced to the idea that marking something using the word pest made it somehow less than human and acceptable to kill.

Death and morality are both quite touchy subjects, because they allow us to question the beliefs of ourselves and other people. Deciding what animals and plants are [...]

Dylan Thomas

He is Welsh. He smokes cigarette. He was born in 1914. He was one of the best lyric poets. Jimmy Carter, the former American president liked his poems. He also read one of Dylan’s poems in the radio broadcast. His poem has lots of rhymes. Using those rhymes, it sounds like he is singing a song when he reads it. When he reads his poem, he sounds like an old man when he reads a poem. His poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night is a villanelle. It has 19 lines.” He also wrote a short story about [...]

Personal Response on Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas is famous poet who grew up in Swansea, Wales. While writing numerous poems such as “A Childs Christmas in Wales”, “Do Not Go Gentle In That Good Night”, he also acquired fame as an excessive smoker and excessive drinker. Thomas was on track to a wonderful career, but had sadly drank his life way. Resulting in his death on 9 November 1953 (aged 39) New York City, United States. Thomas’s poems really brought back memories about my childhood and my what is going to come in the future. This really raised the question of what my life will [...]

Dylan Thomas

A Child’s Christmas in Wales. It is a good story, well written but not all that it could be. The way Dylan Thomas writes attracts your ears but it doesn’t stimulate the mind as much as it perhaps could. Many things in this story made me wonder about my childhood and helped me to reflect on my present and future. For example the way that there is chaos in the house, I can relate to this through the chaos in my life. In the story the firemen come to put the fire out. This makes me wonder when the firemen [...]

Analysis of “Horses” by Edwin Muir

     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 [...]

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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 [...]

What details in “The Early Purges” make us think Dan Taggart might be right?

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 [...]

What details in “The Early Purges” make us think that Dan Taggart is right?

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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What details in “The Early Purges” make us think that Dan Taggart might be right?

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, [...]

What details in “The Early Purges” make us think that Dan Taggart might be right?

‘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 he is doing [...]

Details in “The Early Purges” suggesting that Dan Taggart might be right

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, [...]

What details in “The Early Purges” make us think that Dan Taggart might be right?

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 [...]

What details in “The Early Purges” make us think that Dan Taggart might be right?

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 [...]

“The Early Purges”

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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What details in ‘The Early Purges’ tend to make us feel as the 6 year old boy does?

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, essay

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 [...]

What details in ‘The Early Purges’ tend to make us feel as the 6 year old boy does?

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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What we feel when reading “The Early Purges” by Seamus Heaney

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 [...]

Our feelings for ‘The Early Purges’

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 [...]

Emotions of ‘The Early Purges’

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 [...]

Seamus Heaney dies

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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Paraphrase – The Early Purges-peter

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”

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 (para-phrase)

“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 Early Purges

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 [...]

Paraphrase of “The Early Purges” by Seamus Heaney

“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 (Para-Phrase)

“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

“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, [...]

On Well-run Farms, Pests Have To Be Kept Down

     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”

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 [...]

Happiness by Jane Kenyon

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 [...]

Otherwise by Jane Kenyon

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 [...]

Otherwise Jane Kenyon – Guillaume

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 by Jane Kenyon

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 [...]

“Happiness” by Jane Kenyon

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 [...]

Reflection on “Happiness” by Jane Kenyon

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

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 [...]

“Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon

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 [...]

“Happiness” By Jane Kenyon – Denise Bender

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 [...]

Happiness By Jane Kenyon

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

“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 [...]

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