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Sanford 1 Eliot B. Sanford Emily Stinson EN 1113 16 Apr. 2008 Understanding the Digging of a Speaker A poet’s childhood memories of their father figures are important to the creation of imaginative poetry. In Seamus Heaney’s “Digging,” the speaker’s hardworking father and grandfather set in motion the speaker’s respectful and appreciative tone. In this poem, the emotions of the speaker figuratively pour out onto the paper illustrating the writer’s family experience, especially his father’s influence on his workmanship. The influence of his father figures on the poem is demonstrated by the word choice and the description of these men digging, and it is important because it helps the reader to understand the point of view of the speaker parent/child relation. The first stanza introduces the reader to the position of the present-day speaker showcasing point of view and imagery. The first two lines and final lines of the poem explain that the speaker’s point of view is writing. When he says “Between my finger and my thumb / The squat pen rests,” the reader can create an image of the speaker writing (1-2). The speaker describes himself with a simile as a comfortable writer holding a pen “as snug as a gun” (2). The speaker’s status involves using the pen. Thus the poem depicts a man who writes literature
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course EN 1113 taught by Professor Stinson during the Spring '08 term at Mississippi State.

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