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Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 in Northern Ireland into a rural farming family. The family where Catholic, living in a predominantly Protestant area of the country. I can relate to this as I come from South Africa where the tension between the black and white people is high, this has helped me to choose my first poem "Docker". The second poem I am going to analyse is "Follower" which tells the story of a young boy who grows up admiring his dad but as time ticks by, things change and people age. The third and final poem I will analyse is "Digging" which also is about a young lad who admires his dad for his skill, but feels bad because he isn't as skilled as his father is and therefore chooses to dig with his pen in the form of poetry. The poem Docker starts off with "there, in the corner" from this it can be seen that the man is a lonely man who does not want to be bothered, all he is doing is staring at his drink. ...read more.


"Clearly used to silence" This quote proves that the man likes to keep to himself and is clearly anti-social. The final two verses give the poem a suspended ending with a strong sense of violence and fear. The man is clearly not a family man with a sense of fear being present "Tonight the wife and children will be quiet" which also indicates that his family stays out of his way and would never argue with him. "At slammed door and smokers cough in the hall" is a dramatic and violent ending which allows you to draw your own conclusion. Throughout the poem many forms of punctuation were found, with many examples of full stops, semi-colons and comas, this adds to the jaggedness of the poem, which in a way also describes the man. A start stop formation is created by the punctuation, which prevents the poem from being read fluently. "Follower" is once again set on the farm and tells the story of a young boy who truly admires and respects his father, and like all little boys, he wants to grow up to be just like his father. ...read more.


The boy also feels privileged that his father used to carry him around sometimes on his back, with no fuss. "I wanted to grow up and plough" this proves that like with all little boys, he wanted to be just like his dad when he grows up. He follows his father all round the farm "In his broad shadow" which again describes the mans huge build and strength. In this poem, the first five stanzas represent the past, whereas the last stanza represents the present. "I was a nuisance, tripping and falling" The boy, who is now a man, comes to realise he was clumsy and unskilful who was always bothering his father "Yapping always". "But today" is the main contrast between past and present, "It is my father who keeps stumbling behind me and will not go away" His father has obviously aged and become enfeebled while his son has now grown up and become more powerful and skilful than what his father is. It is his father who follows him around now and will not go away. ...read more.

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