Digging

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"Digging" “Digging” by Seamus Heaney is the first poem in the first full volume of Heaney’s poems, “Death of a Naturalist”. “Death of a Naturalist” is about the transition into adulthood and the loss of innocence. The poem shows how Heaney looked up to his father and grandfather, especially their hard work. Even though Heaney did not follow in their footsteps and become a farm laborer, he respects the work they do, especially their skill at digging. The poem is a free verse poem. It has eight stanzas with two couplets. It rhymes occasionally, but it does not have a patterned rhyme. The first two lines rhyme with “thumb” and “gun”, the second stanza also has some rhyming words. The poem is a first person narrative; this is …show more content…
The space between “I look down” and “Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds” (line 5-6), creates the gap of time. Heaney continues to depict his father’s work skills, and then introduces his grandma in the 6th stanza. In the second to last stanza, “the cold smell of potato mold” (line 25) and the “squelch and slap” (line 25) is imagery that vividly describes the digging. The last stanza says, “Between my finger and my thumb / the squat pen rests / I’ll dig with it” (line 29-31). That is Heaney saying he cannot dig peat or potatoes, but he will work by digging in his memories and writing. “Mid-Term Break” Seamus Heaney’s poem “Mid-Term Break” is about the loss of his younger brother. Seamus comes back from boarding school on a break, but it is not a happy one. The unexpected death of his four-year-old brother occurred while he was away, and the poem takes the audience through the journey. The poem has eight stanzas and is written with three lines per stanza, with the last stanza having only one line. This makes the last line have even more impact on the reader. There is not a specific rhyming pattern, but the last word in the poem rhymes with the last word in the previous stanza. This also highlights the importance of the last line. Imagery such as “Counting bells knelling classes to a close” (line 2), “the corpse, stanched and bandaged” (line 15), and…