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How does Heaney show his interest in Irish farming and his love for nature in "Follower" and "Rookery"?

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Seamus Heaney - Poetry How does Heaney show his interest in Irish farming and his love for nature in "Follower" and "Rookery"? Seamus Justin Heaney is a Northern Irish poet and writer. He was born on April 13 1939. He was from a farming background, like his father Patrick Heaney and his ancestors. Heaney writes about the country and nature. The poem "Follower" shows Heaney's relationship with his father and the dignity of ploughing in rural Ireland. However, "Rookery" concentrates more upon nature. Heaney shows his love for rooks and their behaviour. Heaney starts stanza one of "Follower" by describing his father as the expert ploughman. He uses an excellent simile to show how the farmer has big shoulders and wind fills his shirt like a sail: "My father worked with a horse-plough, His shoulders globed like a full sail strung." ...read more.


In the fifth stanza Heaney explains how he wants to follow in his father's footsteps. He wants to grow up and be a great ploughman like his own father. "I want to grow up and plough" He does not want to keep following in his father's shadow; "All I ever did was follow In his broad shadow round the farm." Finally the sixth stanza. Heaney eventually confesses that he was a nuisance in his early years and over time had grown up to become like his father. "I was a nuisance, tripping, falling, Yapping always," His father now swaps places with his son and it is now his father who is a nuisance, falling, tripping, stumbling behind because he has grown too old to keep up and work. "But today, it is my father who keeps stumbling Behind me, and will not go away." ...read more.


That means the rooks are squawking and chirping using their throaty noises to communicate with each other as humans do when we talk. "Something's satisfied in the caw." "Who wouldn't come to rest like that?" He feels that the rooks seem happy and content. He humorously compares them to humans. Heaney shows his interest in Irish farming and love for nature in these two poems. He shows his love for farming in the "Follower". He talks about his dad, who is the expert ploughman and how he wants to be just like him in the future and follow in his footsteps. Heaney loves nature. "Rookery" shows that Heaney saw the rooks as more than birds. The poem tells us that he saw the flock of rooks as his friends and something he could relate to. They were friends to keep him company while working on the farm and with his life in general. They seem to be happy and peaceful and have a real sense of purpose in their life together. John Gordon Matt Vinall 13/11/02 GCSE English ...read more.

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