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How would I compare and contrast between "Fern Hill" by Dylan Tomas and "Digging" by Seamus Heaney? I am not understanding which side of these poems should I compare and contrast ?

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This might help get you started.  Both deal with man's relationship to nature and time.  Both concern childhood experiences that are narrated by older speakers.  Both speakers undergo a change: in "Fern Hill" the speaker realizes that life leads inexorably to death; in "Digging" the speaker realizes that his digging will not be the same as his predecessors.  Both concern traditions-- whether it be the tradition of  plowing or that of religious holidays. Both involve rural settings.