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Digging is about a person looking out of a window at their Father digging describing what heshe sees and then the poem goes on to describe what heshe feels I believe that the narrative voice in the poem is in fact that of Seamus Heaney There are a number of clues that lead me to this conclusion The first and most obvious one is in the first line Between my finger and my thumb The poet writes in the first person throughout the poem He writes about his Father and his Grandfather and he seems to move from describing his Father to describing his Grandfather He does this so smoothly that the reader harldy notices the transition that took place The second clue is slightly more hidden The poet mentions turf Now Ireland is one of the only countries left in Europe that still have turf bogs Since Seamus Heaney is Irish there is an obvious link to his country When the poet writes about his Grandfather he implies that there used to be a lot of turf cutters in his day My Grandfather cut more turf in a day than any other man on Toners bog In that line there is a lot of pride on the part of the Grandson The line also implies that there used to be a lot of turf-cutters in his day So when Heaney writes But Ive no spade to follow men like them This could be because of a number of reasons one could be that he just doesnt want to be a turf digger He might not find it mentally stimulating enough But he shows a lot of pride in what his Father and Grandfather do and did for a living It may be because turf cutters are no longer needed In other words the world is changing and men like them are no longer needed Turf cutters are no longer
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