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What do we learn from digging and follower about Seamus Heaney’s relationship with his father?

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What do we learn from digging and follower about Seamus Heaney's relationship with his father? From the poem 'follower' I have learnt that Heaney's relationship with his father changed dramatically from when he was boy to the present time. As a boy heaney obviously admired his father and wanted to be just like him when he grew up he would watch his father at work and follow him around asking questions because he was interested and did not understand what his father was doing, I would imagine that he caused quite a nuisance to his father. however now heaney feels differently about his father and considers him to be the nuisance following him around asking questions about what he is doing because he do's not understand. I think we learn more from the poem 'digging' about how 'heaney' once felt about his father than we do in 'follower'. I think that 'follower' describes his fathers physical appearance and hard working ways more than how Heaney feels about him. ...read more.


was he would not want to get rid of him, but as much as seamus loves his father he dos not simply put up with him following him about, instead he appears to resent him for it and wishes that he would go away and leave him alone. from the poem 'digging i learnt that right from the opening line heaney felt that he could do some serious damage to his family just by writing about them, he feels that his squat pen can be used just as dangerously as a gun in hurting his family but it is only resting there,it COULD cause some damage if heaney wanted it too, but it is only resting ready to fire at seamus heaneys will. but just as he has started to write his poem he hears his father below his window digging up the dry, stony soil, (we can tell that this soil is particuarly dry because it is making a rasping sound against the spade and is not wet and sticking to it making it dirty.) ...read more.


if his father was also like that then i think seamus feels left out because he has not carried on the family trade and although he respects his father and grandfather he still feels like the black sheep of the family, and yet in a way he realises that he also digs, not with a spade like his father and grandfather before him, but he uses his pen as his tool and he digs at peoples emotions rather than the soil. so in conclusion i have learned from the poems 'digging' and 'follower' that seamus heaneys relationship with his father has changed from his childhood admiration for a hardworking, burly, farming type of man who was an expert in his buisness to in a way resenting him for being so annoying and inquisitive about his career and feeling a cut above him but still having admiration for the man that his father used to be when he was a child. By Shahnaz Emma Zarif ?? ?? ?? ?? ????????????????? ...read more.

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