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Digging by Seamus Heaney


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spadework over the years. Heaney was an Irish playwright, poet, and academic; he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. The speaker describes a day when he brought a bottle of milk to his grandfather. This poem is autobiographical in nature. Corked sloppily with paper. Digging, bY seamus heaney, between my finger and my thumb. Cutting turf is an incredibly grueling task, and the fact that Heaney claims his grandfather could cut more than any other man signifies not only the physical strength of his grandfather, but Heaneys own admiration for the hard work his grandfather was able.

Gradually the emphasis shifts from the here and now back into the past, a sensual feel for the land with all its smells and sounds dominating the middle of the poem. Appearing in one of his first collections. To drink it, then fell to right away. Under my window, a clean rasping sound. In 1966, he published his first major work, Death of a Naturalist, in which this poem is included. He can hear the sound the peat made as it was cut. The poet starts his poem with the lines a snug as a gun which is a suggestive simile where the poet tries to give a declarative sentence, where he argues with the long established proverb, a pen is mightier than the sword, simultaneously showing the. Stanza 2, three lines, with the third and fourth line fully rhymed which points to a strong bond. It doesn't have a set rhyme scheme as such and alternates between tetrameter and pentameter rhythms, with several shorter lines here and there.


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