I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau by Henry David ThoreauIt was his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson, another inveterate journal keeper, who urged Thoreau to keep a record of his thoughts and observations. Begun in 1837, Thoreauís journal spans a period of twenty-five years and runs to more than two million words, coming to a halt only in 1861, shortly before the authorís death. The handwritten journal had somewhat humble origins, but as it grew in scope and ambition it came to function as a record of Thoreauís interior life as well as the source for his books and essays. Indeed, it became the central concern of the authorís literary life. Critics now recognize Thoreauís journal as an important artistic achievement in its own right.
Making selections from the entirety of the journal, Cramer presents all aspects of Thoreau: writer, thinker, naturalist, social reformer, neighbor, friend. No other single-volume edition offers such a full picture of Thoreauís life and work. Cramerís annotations add to the readerís enjoyment and understanding. He provides notes on the biographical, historical, and geographical contexts of Thoreauís life. The relation between Journal passages and the texts of works published in the authorís lifetime receive special emphasis. A companion to Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition, this gift edition of the Journal will be dipped into and treasured, and it makes a welcome addition to any book loverís library.
Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney
Heaney, Seamus. Eleven Poems. Festival Publications: Belfast Copies on Abebooks Copies on eBay. Death of a Naturalist.
This guide is written for students and teachers who are preparing for GCSE exams in English literature. For a general introduction to poetry in the Anthology with extensive guidance for students and teachers, then please see the Introduction to the Anthology by clicking on the link below. On this page I use red type for emphasis. Brown type is used where italics would appear in print in this screen font, italic looks like this , and is unkind on most readers. Headings have their own hierarchical logic, too:.
Andrew has a keen interest in all aspects of poetry and writes extensively on the subject. His poems are published online and in print. Death of a Naturalist is a blank verse poem that focuses on the loss of childhood innocence. Heaney looks back to a time when he was a boy initially enthralled by the local flax-dam , an area of boggy water in his native County Derry, Northern Ireland. The first person speaker concentrates on the resident frog population and the frog life-cycle. There is a parallel between the life cycle of the frog and the development of the boy - here is an innocent child changing into a young adolescent, a world of delight and innocence transformed into one that threatens and disgusts. Heaney's language is typically rich in what have become known as clusters of sound - alliteration and assonance juxtaposed, the varied vowel and consonant sounds carrying different rhythms, the rise and fall, the mix of hard and soft.