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From the poetry you have studied show how the parent/child relationship is one of strong emotions. Heany's Digging.

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From the poetry you have studied show how the parent/child relationship is one of strong emotions Curran McKay In Heany's Digging we are greeted by a scene depicting him, in his bedroom performing his passion of writing. Upon looking out the window he is immediately greeted by his father in his passion of work. This poem is one of separation of family tradition and the tenacity of a poet. From Heanys language we immediately see he has respect for his father. The enjamed lines reflect his father's skill and the flashback is representative of when his father was at his peak. It is also clear that both the parent and the son are equally dedicated to their profession as the language mirrors Heanys pen "snug as a gun" while his father "could handle a spade." ...read more.

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I'll dig with it." The description of cutting roots is also symbolic with the cutting of roots within his family and within digging the roots of his memory. Instead he likens the skill of poetry to that of digging. It is in this that he has truly been separated from the traditions of his forefathers. In his other poem Follower, Heany is still in awe of his father at the start of the poem. He is likened unto a sailor and as a craftsman: "His shoulders globed like a full sail strung Between the shafts and the furrow" Heany, after complimenting his father, goes on to describe how he pales in comparison to him as he "stumbled" and "Fell" after him. ...read more.

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His comparison of poetry to farming shows that he wishes to emulate his fathers immense talent and focus it into literature. This clearly shows a strong emotional tie to his intimates. Heanys father constantly follows him now, trying to convince him to continue the family custom and this further drives the two apart. In conclusion the two poems show that the strong emotional ties between the father and the son were damaged due to Seamus's rebellion against values that his family had worked so hard for and that his fervour for the art of poetry was enough to excommunicate him from the people closest to him. Finally it shows through his connection between poetry and farming, that the links he has made as a child still manage to direct his future. ...read more.

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