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Discussing two or three Poems in Detail, Explain how you think Heaney Develops our Understanding of the Nature of Humanity and Existence through Poetry

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Discussing two or three Poems in Detail, Explain how you think Heaney Develops our Understanding of the Nature of Humanity and Existence through Poetry In this essay I will discuss the poems Digging, Wheels within Wheels and Toome. I will explain how Heaney develops our understanding of humanity and existence through the poems mentioned above. Heaney mainly uses poetic techniques to express and expand our understanding of the nature of existence and humanity. The ideas in Digging concern relationships to ancestors, and to work. Heaney describes his relationship to his father and grandfather purely in terms of their work on the land. He takes the idea of digging, the commonest form of work in any rural community, and uses it as a symbol for productive, creative work in general, and for writing in particular. The idea in Wheels within Wheels are about life in the metaphor of a wheel. Toome is about the bog type land and the past. I think Heaney develops our understanding of the nature of humanity by bringing the theme of relationships on the farm into this poem. ...read more.


In this quote alliteration is used a lot to recreate the feel and sensation of digging where the s sounds suggest the slicing of the blade through the earth, and the g sounds the gravelly resistance of the soil. Heaney recreates the understanding of the earth through language which is digging potatoes 'rhythm through potato drills/ Where he was digging'. In the quote Heaney uses poetic tools like rhythm to go down and dig into his roots. In Digging to develop our understanding of the nature of existence he goes back into the roots of time "living roots awaken in my head", these are both actual roots the grandfather's spade cuts through, and Heaney's metaphorical roots in the land and in his family. I think that even though he does not dig with a spade like his grandfather and father, these roots are still alive in his poetry. The enjambment created by Heaney between the second and the third stanza creates a dramatic effect. The pause between these stanzas signifies the gap in time mentioned by Heaney "Under my window...I lookdown... ...read more.


In Toome Heaney implies that the nature of human existence has not changed over the years "loam, flint, musket-balls" these are weapons. I think Heaney says that there will always be weapons and war, which there has been in the past and is in the present, therefore nothing has changed in this area. Heaney has a good understanding of the earth and recreates vivid imagery through his poetry for example "alluvial mud". The imagery Heaney creates is of thick textured mud bubbling and oozing in a swamp. Through this quote I feel Heaney tries to make us understand the essence of life and the essence of himself by using such powerful imagery. In conclusion I think Heaney develops our understanding of the nature of humanity and existence mainly by using imagery to discover the past. In Digging, by using the metaphor of digging, Heaney also suggests that he himself needs to dig into the past, and dig into the English language to say what he wants to say and in the other poems. Heaney tries to help us understand the nature of existence by exploring nature and the earth. Sonal Halai ...read more.

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