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In Sonnet 3 Seamus Heaney writes about a memorable time he had with his mother What makes this sonnet unique is not the changed rhyme scheme but the memory he scribes His memoir is about the time they peeled potatoes together a memory that most will not connect as emotional much less one we would remember if our mother was on her death bed Heaney emphasizes his distant relationship with his mother through the use of alliteration and similes but also by changing the rhyme scheme in this sonnetHeaney begins the octet by describing time he spent alone with his mother while everyone else was at Mass It was a big deal to him that they were alone and that he was all hers they probably never got time to spend together which explains their distant relationship He describes a casual moment of them sitting together peeling potatoes without communicating In fact a lot of alliteration is used to illuminate their relationship He describes them sitting in a cold comfort which gives an air that they are not really that close but there is not any awkwardness between them The poet claims that the only noises are from the potato peels falling like solders weeping off the soldering iron the repetition of the word solder conjures a picture of potato peels falling again and again The use of onomatopoeia in pleasant splashes creates a portrait of the peels splashing and the sound echoing throughout the silent room Heaney describes these peels as breaking the silence when he attached a personification to these peels he evokes an image of these peels being the only thing that is restraining their thoughts from wandering Though they were both sitting closely they were far away in their own little worlds and the sound of the peels sloshing would break their distant thoughts and bring them back to each otherHeaney reveals a shift of the tenses in the
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