Imagery In Seamus Heaney's Digging

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Imagery in Seamus Heaney’s “Digging” Heany uses a great amount of imagery in this poem to make the reader feel what the speaker feels. He describes the “clean, rasping sound’ of the spade as well as the “cool hardness” of the potatoes. These positive descriptions of things connected to his ancestors reveal the speaker’s admiration, and even a bit of envy, towards his father’s achievements. The title of the poem refers to the act of hard labour and also makes one think of a funeral. Yet the digging it refers to is straightforward as Heaney is explaining the work that his father and grandfather did. The poem serves as an extended metaphor for revealing the roots of Heaney’s past through the power of his writing. In the first two lines of

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