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Drawing examples from a range of poems discuss Heaney's treatment of what he has called History, Memory and Attachemetns.

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  • Submitted: 27/08/2003
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AS and A Level Seamus Heaney

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MEGAN MCCLUSKIE

ADVANCED HIGHER ENGLISH

DRAWING EXAMPLES FROM A RANGE OF POEMS DISCUSS HEANEY'S TREATMENT OF WHAT HE HAS CALLED "HISTORY, MEMORY AND ATTACHMENTS."

The Irish poet Seamus Heaney has written many poems focusing on the history of Ireland and his own personal memories. In these poems Heaney looks closely at the problem of sectarianism and violence in Ireland during

'Digging' is one of Heaney's poems, written at a time when his poetry was more concerned with the personal - his relationships to his family and the rural world in which he was born. In the poem Heaney memorialises the cycles of manual labour on his family's farm - digging up potatoes and cutting turf on the bog. On one level this seems hardly the material that might engage a poet, but in celebrating the familial and the local, Heaney is drawing attention to the significance of ordinary people on the land as well as attempting to find his place in the world and the very nature of this relationship to that world. Thus, I believe that It is fair to say that this poem clearly demonstrates Heaney's treatment of what he has called

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