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Is Heaney's 'behind' a preposition or adverb

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castleontheground Mon 03-Apr-17 11:13:19

Eldest is studying 'Follower' by Seamus Heaney. The last lines are:

'I was a nuisance, tripping, falling,
Yapping always. But today
It is my father who keeps stumbling
Behind me, and will not go away.'

Please can anyone tell be if the word 'behind' an adverb or a preposition?

Floggingmolly Mon 03-Apr-17 11:15:42

Preposition, I'd say

castleontheground Mon 03-Apr-17 11:25:51

Thanks for replying so quickly. 1-0 to dd then! This new English GCSE is taking memorising quotes to a new level. I would have been hopeless without bringing texts in. She's memorising 36 quotes just for the poetry section.

Floggingmolly Mon 03-Apr-17 11:26:59

Sympathies. Dd is in the thick of it too smile

Floggingmolly Mon 03-Apr-17 11:27:35

Btw, I could be totally wrong...

catsarenice Mon 03-Apr-17 11:31:11

I would say preposition too

vvviola Mon 03-Apr-17 11:46:24

Preposition (as it refers to place) rather than adverb (which modifies a verb).

For curiousity sake - does she need to discuss the grammar in the exam? seems like a sad use for such a beautiful poet if that's the only point

castleontheground Mon 03-Apr-17 12:41:38

Dd wants to throw some language discussion in there. I read an essay she did on Macbeth (she got an 8) and it was from the exam board. I had no idea about the terminology she was using but she got lots of ticks for it!

castleontheground Mon 03-Apr-17 12:45:14

Apologies for my lack of grammar btw in my posts - multi managing a dog, a noisy younger sibling with a stressed revising 15 year old. Roll on the end of June!

castleontheground Mon 03-Apr-17 12:49:11

Vvviola thank you for explaining. The poems are dissected til there's nothing left. I am not sure the poets agonised over each word as much as my dd has!

Eolian Mon 03-Apr-17 12:50:44

Preposition. If the sentence were "He was falling behind", it would be an adverb (describing how/where he was doing the falling). But in "behind me", it's a preposition because it's denoting the relationship/position relative to 'me'.

Nicotina Mon 03-Apr-17 13:00:20


Floggingmolly Mon 03-Apr-17 13:15:29

Well done to your dd on her 8! ⭐️

catsarenice Mon 03-Apr-17 14:19:25

Off topic but what's an 8? Do they not do A*, A etc any more?

castleontheground Mon 03-Apr-17 16:35:16

Catsarenice - this year the Englishs and Maths are graded 1-9. Nine is an A**. Pass is a 4 or 5 but people are arguing over that one. The exams are much harder. In the next two years all subjects will be graded 1-9.

catsarenice Mon 03-Apr-17 17:28:13

Wow 8 is brilliant then - well done DD !! I feel old now - must be what it felt like for those older than me when o'levels and CSEs changed to GCSE...

AuntieStella Tue 04-Apr-17 16:28:04

And of course, for O Level, you had to learn quotations, as there were never texts permitted.

castleontheground Tue 04-Apr-17 19:39:25

Dd is learning 3 quotes for each of the 15 poems in the Love and Relationships poem section (I thought there were 12 poems). Then quotes for characters and themes in DNA, Jekyll and Hyde and, just a little one to round off, Macbeth. Then she has her other 9 GCSEs.....I wish the school realised 10 GCSEs is over doing it now they are getting harder.

Lisa282820 Mon 10-Apr-17 01:28:33

One word blended quotations are enough and adequate for the closed book exams.
36 full quotations seems a lot! I would ensure that your daughter has a balance of the language together with structure and context of the poems too as all of these elements need to be commented on for a pass grade.
Good Luck to your daughter; clearly she is working really hard! X

Lisa282820 Mon 10-Apr-17 01:42:02

The poems are dissected and this is the reason I no longer enjoy poetry. When I look at the little of Heaney's poem presented at the top I see a quatrain with an ABAB rhyme scheme that starts with a possessive prounoun 'I' presented in the past tense being 'was' quickly followed by verbs that evoke imagery 😂
I won't go on...

I wish I could just read a poem and consider it to be beautiful.

Lisa282820 Mon 10-Apr-17 01:53:59

Personal pronoun not possessive sorry 😂
No grade 8 for me 😂

Dreardre Mon 10-Apr-17 08:23:29

Auntie, me too. Log books and not calculators. Given the tough stuff my dd does in primary- not convinced our way was better. And I'm a dinosaur.

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