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Seamus Heaney seems to use his fathers and his grandfathers digging into the homeland ground as a comparison to his writing and development of his poetry Heaneys father and grandfather use their shovels to work with the land and Heaney is now using a pen to work on his ideas to write poetry The beginning of this poem starts out with Heaney describing what he might do before he starts to write a poem Heaney writes Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests snug as a gun I feel this refers to how he picks up the pen and gently rests it in his hand waiting to write but at the same time he has a firm enough grip on it that nobody can break his concentration The next lines indicate that Heaney is in his bedroom waiting for thoughts to come into his head so he can write his poetry when he hears his father start to work When the spade sinks into the gravely ground When his father is beginning his dig he has to really work hard to tear into the tough ground This is similar to when Heaney starts to write a poem Heaney may have some good ideas to write about but they are buried deep in his mind He must somehow dig them out in order to use them The poet must really concentrate to think of ideas and words to use The mind is similar to the fields because it is very fertile and with some work to it it will produce great results just like the field produces new crops Heaneys attention is now drawn out the window to his father working hard in the fields Digging in the harsh fields of the homeland was very straining to his father as illustrated in the line Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds It seems as if Heaneys father is very experienced at digging
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