• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare and contrast Digging and Follower by Seamus Heaney. Which is the most successful poem in your opinion.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare and contrast "Digging" and "Follower" by Seamus Heaney. Which is the most successful poem in your opinion. Here we will analyse 2 poems by Seamus Heaney called "Digging" and "Follower". We will look at the similarities and differences between these poems. In both these poems Heaney puts emphasis on many subjects related to his life such as his childhood memories of growing up in Northern Ireland and the conflict there. His father also features strongly in both poems as a main influence on his life. We will be analysing the two poems form and content. The content of the poems reveals much about Heaney's life and by comparing the form and content of the two poems, we can uncover much about Heaney's feelings and style of writing. ...read more.

Middle

The poem goes into description about the ploughing of the land showing his father as an expert in this field, however, he is left unable to follow in his fathers footsteps and turns to writing instead. The similarities and differences of these poems are uncovered when the form and content is studied closely. If we start with the similarities in the content we can see many things and these similarities convey the continuation from Digging to Follower. Both contain childhood memories, mainly of his father and references to digging. In "Digging" we can see how he looks down on his father digging in the garden and this moment takes him back 20 years: "Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds bends low, comes up twenty years away" Here Heaney is reminiscing about the past and how his father used to be, digging for potatoes. ...read more.

Conclusion

As Heaney looks back on his childhood, he remembers every detail in his mind, following the actions in his head as he digs to remember it. Both these poems are revolved mainly around Heaney's father. In "Digging", his father is in the garden digging as he looks down: "My father, digging." He sees his father digging and he remembers how he used to watch him 20 years ago to the very same thing. The way his father digs is described in great detail as he remembers it in his head. It is possible that this is one of the few memories he has of his father from past times and this is why he remembers it so well. "Follower" is also based mainly on Heaney's father and his memories of him. In "Follower", Heaney follows his father around watching what he does taking note of everything as if he were to do this himself. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Seamus Heaney section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Seamus Heaney essays

  1. In his poems 'Follower and Digging' Heaney is thinking about his father. How do ...

    his memories and write his thoughts and feelings down in poetic form. Looking back through his childhood memories he can see how his views have changed throughout his life. He can now make better sense and draw meaning from these, now he is an adult.

  2. Compare And Contrast Seamus Heaney's Poems 'Digging' And 'Follower'.

    Here's the rhyme in 'Digging', "thumb / gun // spade / man," and in 'Follower', "round / eye / ground / exactly." In 'Digging', the first two stanzas consist of powerful rhyme but for the rest of the poem it simply dies out.

  1. Comparing and contrasting "Digging" by Seamus Heaney, and "He was" by Richard Wilbur.

    For example, By God, the old man could handle a spade. / Just like his old man." The full stop at the end of the first sentence makes the reader pause a little while before reading on to the second sentence.

  2. Compare the ways in which Heaney presents family feelings in 'Digging' and 'Follower'

    This is hinted by the large amount of marine-type words used in the poem, such as "Dipping and rising" like a ship out in the sea. "Mapping the furrow" which could be compared to someone carefully navigating a ship, which is confirmed with the following word "exactly".

  1. Compare and contrast the way Seamus Heaney and D.H Lawrence depict childhood feelings and ...

    man on Toner's bog,' - he is proud of his grandfather's achievements. He also admires the fact that they 'fell to right away' and were dedicated to their work. The poem also shows the simplicity of their life ('corked sloppily with paper')

  2. After reading the two poems Digging and Follower, discuss the relationship that Heaney writes ...

    He states that his grandfather is not any old potato farmer, but a very unique one indeed. The speed, I have verified above, but the skill of his grandfather-"Nicking and slicing neatly". This is also Heaney's use of onomatopoeia "nicking", sounds like its meaning; as does "slicing".

  1. Compare and contrast Childhood by John Clare and Follower by Seamus Heaney

    In the first stanza he refers to his school, in the second stanza he mentions animal pens where he used to play, in the third stanza he mentions some of the animals. In the fourth stanza he refers to exploring over meadows, the fifth stanza tells us of the games

  2. Compare And Contrast Seamus Heaney's Poems 'Digging' And 'Follower'.

    The idea of freshly ploughed soil, adds to the readers view of the country side as a beautiful place and so country life is also portrayed as something happy. 'Digging' and 'Follower' differ in their structures as 'Digging' consists of a much looser structure than Follower.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work