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

Follower and Digging

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Follower and Digging Heaney was born on April 13 1939. He was the eldest of nine children. Heaney lived on the family farm, Mossbawn, about thirty miles northwest of Belfast, in County Derry. Heaney is Irish because of this the conflict in Northern Ireland is almost always a backdrop to his work. 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. The poem 'Digging' was written by Seamus in 1964 and was one of the first poems he wrote. ...read more.

Middle

In the poem 'Follower' Heaney looks up to his father in a physical sense, because he is so much smaller than his father, but he also looks up to him in a metaphorical sense. This is made clear by the poet's careful choice of words. An example of this is in the lines, 'His eye narrowed and angled at the ground, mapping the furrows exactly.' These words effectively suggest his father's skill and precision. The poem has several developed metaphors, such as the child's following in his father's footsteps and wanting to be like him. The father is sturdy while the child falls - his feet are not big enough for him to be steady on the uneven land. The last line of 'Digging', "The squat pen rests. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows that the roles have reversed he no longer has to 'follow' his father instead his father follows him now. Heaney uses enjambment to emphasize words this makes us remember them and we are able to reflect on the poem even after we have finished reading it. In a way it feels like Heaney resents his father, the phrase 'he will not go away' makes me feel that he does not want his father with him. In conclusion I think Follower and Digging is some of Heaney's best work, he really reflects on his relationship with his father. I think in a way Heaney feels like his father is not proud of him as he didn't follow his footsteps and because of this he constantly writes about it. This makes me contemplate on my relationship with my father and how this can all change as I grow up. ...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. Compare the ways in which Heaney presents family feelings in 'Digging' and 'Follower'

    The last two sentences in 'Follower' shows that Seamus Heaney may have some kind of guilt for not following his family tradition, as he says that his father "will not go away" when he is behind him, in which the father may act as a shadow of his family tradition which he changed that follows him eternally.

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

    'Digging,' has a much looser structure because the stanzas are uneven in length and there is no regular rhyming scheme. This perhaps reflects to the reader how things have changed, because Seamus has 'broken the mold.' The poet uses the simile 'snug as a gun,' to describe how his, 'squat pen rests.'

  1. Seamus Heaney's Portrayal Of Pain and Suffering.

    sense that those hands killed somebody so they were dead, or because gravel is life less and doesn't move. What becomes of the mother who with freezing hands quietly drowns him? 'He was a minnow with hooks Tearing her open.'

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

    There is a great variety of onomatopoeia used in 'Follower' like, "clicking, pluck, yapping," but there is more used in 'Digging' rather than Follower. Heaney decides to use a lot of onomatopoeia to make his poem stand out as well as making it seem more alive and vivid.

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