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Compare and contrast the poems "Digging" and "Follower".

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Seamus Heaney Compare and contrast the poems "Digging" and "Follower". Seamus Heaney was born on the 13th of April 1939 in County Derry Northern Ireland. He began to write from Phillip Hobsbaum advice. He married Marie Devlin in 1965. His first published work was a poetry book called Death of a naturalist Both Digging and Follower are nostalgic poem, which express Heaney's childhood memories and experiences. Both of these poems use a simple language, this makes it easy for the reader to understand and relate to. He expresses it both in an adult and a child point of view. Both Digging and Follower have ambiguous meanings. 'Digging' has ambiguous meaning of his father and his grandfather digging and a meaning of himself digging as well, but he is metaphorically digging into his mind. ...read more.

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A pen is compared to a gun to show how fast he can write and the motion of his father's shoulder has been compared to a full sail strung. In both poems Heaney shows that he admires his dad for his skills " All I ever did was follow in his broad shadow", "a clean rasping sound When the Spade sinks into gravelly ground My father digging". 'Digging' is a poem full of metaphorical similarity between himself, his father and his grandfather. In Digging he showed that he wanted to continue the long lasting family tradition but his real talents lies within his mind "He rooted out tall tops" this metaphorically means that his father is following the long lasting root of tradition like Heaney he also followed the tradition by digging into his roots of memories of childhood. ...read more.

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"I wanted to grow up and plough", "Between my finger and my thumb the squat pen rests I'll dig with it". In both Digging and Follower Heaney uses onomatopoeia and verbally energetic words such as "Nicking", "slicing", "gravelly ground", "yapping" and "clicking". In the poem follower his father's motion and skills are compared to nautical terms to again help us visualize how smooth his father's skills are, as in digging onomatopoeia words and alliteration is used to create aural imagery to show how smooth his father is "his shoulders globed like a full sail strung", "sods rolled over without breaking", "a clean rasping sound", "When the spade sinks into gravelly ground". 'Follower' and 'Digging' is a contrast of maturity and immaturity of Heaney in the poem. But both showing respect and admiration to his father, its when he gets older he realized that farming isn't his type of occupation. He is a writer. ...read more.

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