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Suggested tasks for students

Questions on the poem

  1. Comment on the techniques used to convey the appearance, texture and taste of the blackberries.
  2. Explain how Heaney recreates the frenzy of the activity.
  3. Comment on the use of blank verse, syntax and enjambment.
  4. Comment on the structural movement of the poem. What does the second part of the poem deal with?
  5. Explain the two different viewpoints presented in the poem.
  6. What does the ‘Bluebeard’ image suggest to you?

Areas for discussion

Various aspects of a rural childhood

Explore the theme that things never quite live up to our expectations