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In Digging we have three characters the author the son his father and grandfather The author is clearly making a comparison of his way of life and his fathers way of life He talks more about his father and grandfather than he does about himself but his subject is clearly stated that he is a writer while his father and grandfather are farmers He makes the comparison by first relapsing into his fathers line of work Then the author goes on into talking about his grandfather and his line of work At first we are given details as the author seeing his writing as less significant than the hard laboring of his father and grandfather But at some point through the poem the author goes through a transition to where he realizes that writing is his farming and that the pen is his spade The only clues that the author gives us about him and his writing are by the first and last verse But the author makes it clear that his writing is in no way compared to the labor of his father and grandfather in the first few verses but then comes to a different realization by the end We are introduced into the scene with the author sitting at his desk in his room when he is distracted by his father outside working in the flowerbed He then goes into describing each detail that he sees and hears clear rasping sound when the spade sinks into gravelly ground till his straining rump stooping in rhythm through potato drills He describes it as an art and not just as somebody working in the flowerbed By this I take it as the author showing great respect for his father and what he does The author is then brought back to the days when he helped his father In verse four he goes into such a detail as to think that the feeling that
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