Blackberry Picking

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Higher English (Poetry) Mind Map on Blackberry Picking, created by hjeffrey.home6677 on 03/31/2014.

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Blackberry Picking
  1. Context
    1. by Seamus Heaney
      1. Irish poet
      2. set in Ireland
      3. Themes
        1. loss of hope
          1. loss of childhood innocence
          2. Techniques
            1. Contrast
              1. poem is in 2 sections
                1. section 1
                  1. positive
                    1. word choice
                      1. "sweet"
                        1. "glossy"
                        2. imagery
                          1. "like thickened wine"
                      2. section 2
                        1. negative
                          1. word choice
                            1. "stinking"
                              1. "fungus"
                              2. imagery
                                1. "like a plate of eyes"
                            2. negative change portrays loss of hope/innocence
                            3. Sentence Structure
                              1. "lovely canfuls smelt of rot"
                                1. contradictory
                                  1. oxymoron
                                  2. "sweet flesh would turn sour"
                                    1. highlights the change/development of fruit
                                      1. desirable to disgusting
                                        1. delicious to horrid
                                      2. "Each year I hoped they'd keep, knew they would not."
                                        1. loss of hope
                                          1. outcome always same: failure
                                            1. portrays difference between hoping and knowing
                                              1. hope never fulfilled
                                                1. loss of childhood imagination and naivety
                                                2. sense of newfound understanding and reality
                                                  1. dreams have been lost
                                                    1. he is no longer a child full of hope and innocence
                                              2. Word Choice
                                                1. section 1
                                                  1. "glossy purple clot"
                                                    1. bright
                                                      1. colourful
                                                        1. shiny
                                                          1. first taste
                                                            1. "clot"
                                                              1. filled with juice
                                                                1. covered by thick skin
                                                                  1. connotes blood
                                                                2. "summer's blood"
                                                                  1. thick, dark juice
                                                                    1. rich
                                                                      1. personification
                                                                      2. "flesh"
                                                                        1. personification
                                                                        2. children's desire for berries
                                                                          1. "lust"
                                                                            1. sensual nature
                                                                              1. burning passion
                                                                                1. addicted since first taste
                                                                                  1. highlights children's need/desire
                                                                                    1. longing
                                                                                      1. yearning
                                                                                      2. portrays loss of innocence
                                                                                      3. "hunger"
                                                                                        1. need berries to survive
                                                                                          1. only berries will satisfy
                                                                                            1. children have become wild/crazed like animals
                                                                                              1. addiction/craving
                                                                                                1. cannot be denied
                                                                                          2. section 2
                                                                                            1. "stinking"
                                                                                              1. opposite of sweet
                                                                                                1. highlights contrast
                                                                                                2. horrid
                                                                                                  1. putrid
                                                                                                    1. reeking
                                                                                                    2. "glutting on our cache"
                                                                                                      1. their berry collection
                                                                                                        1. diseased
                                                                                                          1. flooded
                                                                                                            1. overwhelmed
                                                                                                            2. overpowering berries
                                                                                                              1. filling up
                                                                                                              2. "rat-grey fungus"
                                                                                                                1. rotten
                                                                                                                  1. infested
                                                                                                                  2. children
                                                                                                                    1. "hoarded the fresh berries"
                                                                                                                      1. "hoarded"
                                                                                                                        1. locked them away for themselves
                                                                                                                          1. stashed
                                                                                                                            1. greedy
                                                                                                                              1. more than necessary
                                                                                                                                1. unable to let go/give up
                                                                                                                        2. Imagery
                                                                                                                          1. section 1
                                                                                                                            1. "like thickened wine"
                                                                                                                              1. tempting
                                                                                                                                1. dark
                                                                                                                                  1. desirable
                                                                                                                                    1. "wine"
                                                                                                                                      1. addiction
                                                                                                                                        1. sweetness
                                                                                                                                          1. richness
                                                                                                                                          2. hints at theme of loss of innocence
                                                                                                                                          3. "big dark blobs burned"
                                                                                                                                            1. "burned"
                                                                                                                                              1. foreshadowing
                                                                                                                                                1. danger
                                                                                                                                                  1. sin
                                                                                                                                                  2. deep colour
                                                                                                                                                    1. reflection into "glossy" skin
                                                                                                                                                2. section 2
                                                                                                                                                  1. "like a plate of eyes"
                                                                                                                                                    1. simile
                                                                                                                                                      1. berries are watching/judging them
                                                                                                                                                        1. disgusting
                                                                                                                                                          1. revolting
                                                                                                                                                          2. hands "sticky as Bluebeard's"
                                                                                                                                                            1. simile
                                                                                                                                                              1. old French folktale
                                                                                                                                                                1. murdered wives
                                                                                                                                                                2. murderous
                                                                                                                                                                  1. sinister
                                                                                                                                                                    1. blood on their hands
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