Seamus heany

Seamus heany

Seamus Heany IEN 2601 MITSUNOBU NARITA YERALDO ARANA FREITA contents Biography First poem Digging analysis and summery Second poem Punishment analysis and summery Questions References Biography

Seamus Heaney(13 April 1939 30 August 2013) was renowned Irish poet and professor. His best-known works is Death of a Naturalist(1966). He was born in a farm in the Castledwson region of northern Ireland. He received a scholarship to attend the school St. Columb's College in

Derry and went on to Queens University in Belfast and graduating in 1961. Heaney worked as a schoolteacher for a time before becoming a college lecturer and eventually working as a freelance poet by the early '70s. In 1965. He was also known for his prose writing and work as an editor, as well as serving as a professor .

Received the 1995 Novel prize in Literature. Digging Between my finger and my thumb In his room The squat pen rests ; snug as a gun Simile as a weapon Under my window, a clean rasping sound

When the spade sinks into gravelly ground My father, digging. I look down Scenery has changed Alliteration creates rhythm Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds Bends low, comes up twenty years away Stooping in rhythm through potato drills Where he was digging. Going back to twenty years ago

rump = buttocks drills = small lanes in which seeds are sown The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft Against the inside knee was levered firmly. The close-up his father's spadework over the years. He rooted out tall tops, buried the bright edge deep To scatter new potatoes that we picked oo sounds are assonance which reflects the rhythm of digging

Loving their cool hardness in our hands. By God, the old man could handle the spade. Just like his old man. He is admiring and impressed dignity of labor. My ground father cut more turf in a day Than any other man on Toners bog Once I carried him milk in a bottle Corked sloppily with paper. He straightened up To drink it, then fell to right away Nicking and slicing neatly, heaving sods Over his shoulder, going down and down For the good turf. Digging.

The speaker takes the reader deeper into ancestral history. Toners bog is the name of peat bog not far from Heaney's birthplace sods is section of torn grass Repetitive task The cold smell of potato mould, the squelch and slap The memory of that scene is alive in the speaker's mind Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge

Onomatopoeic sounds Through living roots awaken in my head. But Ive no spade to follow men like them. Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests. Ill dig with it. The final stanza is a near repeat of the opening lines. Summery Autobiographical poem about family tradition and admiration for elders. These are parallels with Follower or an artist

who will not follow in his fathers and ground fathers footsteps as a common laborer. Heaney respects their digging skills and their perseverance. Ultimately, Heaney compares farmers spade and artists pen. Punishment I can feel the tug of the halter at the nape of her neck, the wind on her naked front. It blows her nipples Pronoun I taking the reader into the tactile world. The feel reflects the sensitive nature of the speaker Sensuous susceptibility

to amber beads, it shakes the frail rigging of her ribs. wind affects her nipples. Nautical image I can see her drowned body in the bog, the weighing stone, the floating rods and boughs. Under which at first she was a barked sapling From feel to see, changing the sense As if a witness to this horrific

event Assonance Metaphorically she was a barked sapling Oak-bone : hardwood tree that is dug up oak bone, brain firkin firkin small wooden barrel her shaved head like a stubble of black corn, The speaker progresses with more descriptive way her blindfold a soiled bandage,

Simile - head shaved her noose a ring Unclean, dirty, tarnished, tarnished to store In this stanza, speaker changes the word from girl to you the memories of love. Little adultress, before they punished you Enjambment between stanzas

occurs for the second time you were flaxen-haired, undernourished, and your The speaker imagines the living girl who is beautiful human. tar black face was beautiful. Flaxen greyish yellow My poor scapegoat, Made to bear blame for others I almost love you but would have cast, I know,

the stones of silence. I am the artful voyeur The speaker suggests she might be innocent . Sibilance voyeur deriving pleasure (sexual arousal) of your brains exposed and darkened combs, your muscles webbing She is still under public scrutiny. Possibly referring to honeycomb structure and all your numbered bones

I who have stood dumb when your betraying sisters, cauled in tar, wept by the railings, Time shift links to modern Ireland. Portion of amnion (embryous membrane) or a close-fitting cap worn by women Who would connive in civilized outrage yet understand the exact and tribal, intimate revenge. The tone of the poem shifts sort of confession.

Summery Punishment is concerned with the discovery of a 14 year old girls body that was exhumed from a bog in Germany (1952 Windeby). The body was preserved 2000 years old. She was executed on account of adultery. Questions 1. What are the two meaning of the title of Digging? 2. What is the tone of this poem Digging ?

3. Why does the speaker admire his father of this poem Digging? 4. What is punishment by Seamus Heaney about? 5. How does the poet describe the punishment of the girl in the poem Punishment? References amus-Heaney biographical/

2014 Dr. Andrew Barker lecture Thank you for your attention!!

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