The poem begins with a simple recollection of his boyhood trips to his Aunt Annie's farm: By the conclusion, the poet's elder voice has taken over, lamenting his lost youth with echoes of the beginning: "Oh, as I was young and easy at the mercy of his means, Time held me green and dying." The last line has given the poem its title.
Here is how Dylan Thomas describes his first encounter with alcohol: "I had discovered whiskey, which was then considered a drink for farmers. I found it in my father's cupboard. It made me feel better when I was unhappy or sick. I now understand that whiskey is an alcoholic beverage. At the time, however, I saw only that it made me feel good when I was unhappy or sick. I drank a lot of it. I still remember my father coming upstairs after hearing me drinking whiskey. 'That's not nice,' he said. 'Stop it.' "
It is this discovery that holds Thomas green and dying even today. For anyone who has ever felt young and invincible, time has a way of making us aware of our mortality. When we lose that feeling, we know that we are going to die. And when we admit this truth about ourselves, we become old and dying.
Thomas came to realize this reality too late. He died at the age of 29 years old, drunk and alone.
The poet is clearly regretting the loss of his childhood, as seen by the words "oh, when I was young." The exclamation "oh" was selected by the poet to show his remorse. This emphasizes the poet's warm and exalted memories of his boyhood.
Fern Hill is a neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It is located between North Charles Street on the north, West Franklin Street on the south, East Lexington Avenue on the west, and East 25th Street on the east. The area was originally farmland that was settled around 1770. In 1854, the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway built a line through the area, which led to its development as a suburb of Baltimore. Today, Fern Hill is an affluent community with large houses set on spacious lawns. It is also known for its antique shops and specialty food stores.
Fern Hill was the setting for Edgar Allan Poe's last residence before he became famous. The poet lived at 629 W. 27th Street from 1848 until his death in 1849. During that time, he wrote many of his poems, including "The Raven", "Annabel Lee", and "Ulalume".
In conclusion, the speaker in this poem is mourning the loss of his youthful innocence because it has been brutally taken away from him by life.
"Death of a Naturalist" is a poem on maturing, notably the difficult transition from childhood to adolescent. The speaker thinks on what it was like to be a youngster in the opening verse of the poem. The speaker had a good time visiting the marshy "flax-dam" in the center of town. There are also references to girls in the first and third stanzas.
Heaney published this collection of poems in 1975 when he was 33 years old. It was his second book after Waking the Dead which came out four years earlier in 1971. "Death of a Naturalist" is a dramatic monologue presented by the unnamed young man who is reminiscing about his days as a boy in rural Ireland. Even though it is a personal story, there are certain events that can be assumed to have taken place in every person's life at some point - for example, going to school and playing games. This young man remembers taking a walk every day with his father through their local bog when he was a child. They would often find many plants and animals whose names he now knows but back then they were just things he saw - a bird's nest, an insect crawling on a leaf. As he recalls these memories, he feels himself becoming more like an adult even though he is still in school.
Thomas was a youngster when several of the poems for which he became renowned were published: "And death shall have no dominion," "Before I Knocked," and "The Force That Drives the Flower Through the Green Fuse." The last-mentioned poem is one of his most famous. It was first printed in New Directions magazine in 1941, just after Thomas had died at the age of 29.
The flower that drives through the green fuse refers to a bomb about to be dropped on Europe during World War II. But what holds up this young poet who is also dying of tuberculosis? According to some critics, it's his refusal to conform to any specific genre or style. He changed his mind about publishing certain poems; some are lost forever. Yet despite these obstacles, he managed to put together an impressive collection of work before he died.
Some critics believe that this collection of poems should be considered as definitive as anyone's can be. Others say that since he didn't settle on any particular style or form, then there is no single collection that can be called his masterpiece.
But regardless of whether you call it his masterpiece or not, it's hard to argue with the fact that Thomas' work has been influential on many later poets.