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Digging A poem by Seamus Heaney In this poem Digging by Seamus Heaney there is an element of ambiguity The author writes this poem about a Father digging potatoes - this however is only on the surface Underlying the true intention or meaning of the poem reveals the great admiration and respect for how hardworking his Father and Grandfather was All though this may just be a poem about digging potatoes The poet reveals the tremendous skill in digging and conveys certain artistry in this physical act The poet also uses this poem to speak out against the past political situation of farming in Ireland He uses his words as a weapon to speak out what he personally feels to be wrong The poem is written in free verse Although the first two stanzas of the poem show the start of regularity and rhyme this changes to the use of free verse continuing to the end of the poem This form of free verse allows the poet a freedom for subtle rhythmic variety for example using assonance Or making words look like they rhyme Which is shown quite regularly through this poem Free verse also complements the style of the poet connecting with the reader in the way that it seems like the poet is writing directly to the reader Making it a more in touch and personal poem to subjects that we can relate to In this case Having a respect for your Father or your heritage The poems opening line in a simple complete one line statement conveys the impression of the poet talking to us directly and also sets a snapshot of time for the reader Between my finger and my thumbThe squat pen rests snug as a gun This opening line focuses our attention to the fact that this is set in present time It is as if the opening lines in the first stanza is creating the beginning
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