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Compare Digging with Catrin and the little boy lost/found and The song of the old mother.

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Compare Digging with Catrin and the little boy lost/found and The song of the old mother. I have looked at the poem 'Digging' by Seamus Heaney. The poem is about the poet digging into his past and appears to be a modest poem. The "nicking and slicing neatly" that Heaney says in his poem can also apply to the crafting of a poem. Heaney seems unhappy and distanced from his farming family roots however he shows a good amount of admiration for farming men. Heaney shows the skill and dignity of labour. The expertise is rather admired than the strength and the technique is very precisely explained. He constantly has memories of common places, which very few people would notice, but Heaney thinks that these memories should be recognised. He is frustrated at how different he is to his family. Maybe in those days writing poems may not have been seen as manly. I am going to compare this poem 'Digging' to another poem which is called 'The song of the old mother' written by William Butler Yeats. First of all in Heaney's poem he is talking about himself as a child to his grandfather, while Yeats is talking about the older people to the younger generation. ...read more.

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The structure of 'Digging' looks spaced out and free. This is how his life style could have been or the spaced out structure could represent the space and freedom you get from living on a farm. The structure could also represent the feeling you get when you have a vast amount of space to yourself. This time I am going to compare 'Digging' with 'Catrin' by Gillian Clarke. Both of these poems seem very personal. This poem 'Catrin' is about the poets daughter, she talks about when she's giving birth to her until her daughter is maybe 7-9 years of age. I believe this because at the end of the poem she is asking if she can skate outside for one more hour. Therefore it is something very personal for the poet. In 'Digging' the poem is personal because he is talking about his roots. He talks about how his farther and grandfather did there work. He also tells us what they did for a living. Therefore this is very personal to Heaney. 'Catrin' is talking about a mother to a child while 'Digging' is from a child to his farther and grandfather. "I can remember you, child," This quote shows that the mother is talking to the child. ...read more.

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The boy in Blake's poem becomes lost and this suggests that the farther could have been irresponsible but in Heaney's poem he shows that his farther was hardworking and tried hard to provide food for his family. "My grandfather cut more turf in a day Than any other man on toner's bog" In this quote you can see that he was a hard worker because he could cut more turf than any other man in toners bog. 'Digging' suggests that his family had a close relationship because when he was young he did not really describe any conflict between them but in Blake's poem he does show the love of the weeping mother. When the farther kisses the child he is showing his ever nigh love of god for the child. In Blake's poem he is implying the worship of god (the farther) because he has involved god when simply a child has been lost from his parents. In Heany's poem he shows his personal love and respect for his farther and grandfather. "Once I carried him milk in a bottle Corked sloppily with paper." This quote can show in a way that he loved his farther because he cared enough to go get his farther some milk in a bottle. In conclusion I think that these poems have explored the relationships between different families from different generations. Jay Ramji 10/8 ...read more.

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