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Seamus Heaney is one of the best poets in the world and his poetry is appreciated by millions of people worldwide.

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Rebecca Shorten Seamus Heaney 11.5 Mrs Beighton Seamus Heaney is one of the best poets in the world and his poetry is appreciated by millions of people worldwide. He often writes about childhood memories and thoughts of his past. He incorporates his childhood into his poetry by writing about his own experiences. He was brought up in a rural community in Co. Derry, Northern Ireland, but his life was different from the rest of his family. As he was sent to school and got an education and the rest of his family did not. By contrasting his past and present in his poetry he shows the reader how his childhood has affected his adult life. ...read more.

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He admired his father as he worked on the farm, and he felt like he wanted to grow up in his fathers shadow. ' All I ever did was follow in his broad shadow round the farm. ' You can tell reading the poem that his father has traditional methods of farming as he uses horse ploughs and other methods off farming. Heaney had an ambition to be like his father. As he grew older, he wanted to be like his father less and less and at the start of this poem the roles have changed and his father seems irritating to him and he wants him to go away. ' it is my father who keeps stumbling behind me and will not go away.' ...read more.

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I'll dig with it.' By writing Heaney came to terms with weaknesses in his family, even himself. It helped him except his father's weaknesses. While reading the poem you will see, hear, feel, taste and even smell the scenes that Heaney sets for you. You can do this by reading 'the cold smell of potato mould' smell. 'The squelch and slap.' Sounds. 'Loving their cool hardness in out hands.' Touch. These are all examples of old factory imagery. To conclude the things that make the poetry Heaney writes appealing to the reader are his uses of life experiences. This gives more feeling to the poetry and helps the reader feel what the writer feels and see what the writer is thinking; it helps the reader get in to his mind. ...read more.

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