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Poet’s use of language

  • Heaney presents the tasting of the blackberries as a sensual pleasure
  • He uses many adjectives of colour and suggests the enthusiasm of the pickers
  • The poet suggests the violence of the picking by comparing the children’s hands to Bluebeard’s
  • Ambiguous viewpoints: the frustrated child, ‘I felt like crying’ compared with the detached adult view ‘Each year I hoped they’d keep’
  • The extended metaphor of the blackberries: the hoard of blackberries is placed in the barn and begins to rot, just as what the children had worked so hard for proves to be worthless