'hoarded' - when excited, children enjoy collecting as much as possible, 'jam pots, pea-tins, milk-cans' - children will use any container to collect their prized possessions, 'late August' - childhood at it's best - freedom of summer, 'wet grass bleached' - the idea of playing outside all day, 'I always felt like crying' - children have underdeveloped maturity, 'Each year I hoped' - children have a strong sense of hope, 'red, green, hard as a knot' - simile is childish. Knots can be associated with children because..,

Theme of `Childhood` in Heaney`s work




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