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Comparing And Contrasting Digging And The Follower

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Comparing and Contrasting Digging and The Follower

In this essay I will be giving quotes and explaining about two pieces
of poetry, written by Seamus Heaney. The two poems I will be writing
on will contrast and his memories on his rural childhood.

The poems will be "the follower" which takes us back to Heaney as a
child wanting to follow in his father's footsteps. I will also be
writing on "digging", which takes us back once again to his farm but
instead not wanting to follow in his fathers footsteps

So basically I will be writing about how the poems contrast to his
rural childhood and I'll explain the quotes and the poems. I will
firstly however give you a bit of an insight to Heaney's life

Seamus Heaney was born April 13, 1939, at Mossbawn, about thirty miles
northwest of Belfast, in Northern Ireland. His first book, Death of a
Naturalist, was published in 1966. Heaney is the author of numerous
collections of poetry, three volumes of criticism, and The Cure at
Troy, a version of Sophocles' Philoctetes. He is a Foreign Member of
the American Academy of Arts and Letters and held the chair of
Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1989 to 1994. In 1995, he received
the Nobel Prize in Literature. A resident of Dublin since 1976, he
spends part each year teaching at Harvard University, where he was
elected the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory in 1984.

In "The Follower", Heaney uses words such as "globed" and "strained".
These are words, which show that life in the country is difficult and
that the work involved can be hard work. They do however, produce good
images about the country, because "globed like a full sail strung"
shows many ideas of the hard work involved in life on the farm, and
"strained at his clicking tongue" not only shows the difficult job of
the horses, but it also gives a clear and imaginable description, it
shows the reader how skilled Heaney's father is.

Other words, which show the skill involved in country life, include
"expert", "without breaking" and "exactly". These all show the reader
what an accomplished farmer Heaney's father is, but they also have
another use. They show us what country life is like, as mentioned
previously, by illustrating how much skill goes into a task such as
ploughing a field, but they also produce very effective images.

However, despite these nice images, Heaney also uses such words as
"sweating" and "stumbled" with them. This means that he wants to show
country life from both angles and explain to the reader that while it
may look nice and the visual rewards may be great, but that it takes a
lot of effort to get to that stage in the first place. The images,
which he uses to show this, are effective because "the sweating team"
can be pictured by the reader as man and horse working together in
harmony and peace to...

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