In the poem ‘follower’, it’s a journey from childhood weakness to possession of power, strength and size, the power that he wished to have when he was young.
We can see that from the extract ‘I wanted to grow up and plough, to close one eye, stiffen my arm.
For the poem ‘death of the naturalist’ young Seamus Heaney experiences the journey from childhood innocence to fear, from collecting frog spawn, listen to explanation b y teacher, at last to the stage which he is scared that the spawn would clutch his hand away.
The poet ‘Death of a naturalist’ is regretful, nostalgic, lamenting the loss of innocence to fearlessness.
In stanza 3, the narrator begins to describe his father's work in great detail.
More specifically, the narrator focuses on the techniques of a digger.
As one discovers more about one's past, one ultimately unravels one's own identity, as shown in the poem, "Digging" by Seamus Heaney, where the narrator through digging through his own family roots, comes to accept his own heritage and family traditions.
"Digging" is the first poem in Seamus Heaney's first collection, "Death of a Naturalist".
He sees frogspawn in a different way after the explanation of frog, the journey is same as growing and start seeing the world in a different way, transition in life.
The two poems are both about the childhood of Seamus Heaney.