english 10 close reading 1

english 10 close reading 1 - Close Reading Exercise #1-...

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Close Reading Exercise #1- Digging by Seamus Heaney Paraphrase Heaney is writing about his family tradition of digging. His father dug potato drills while his grandfather daggered digging turfs. Digging was a special value as Heaney describes the work with much detail, “To scatter new potatoes that we picked Loving their cool hardness in our hands.” (13-14) It seems as if he is expected to follow his family traditions but he has his own dream of writing. Fulfilling his dream, he becomes separated from his family but then soon begins to find his roots by “digging” up his identity. Section One 1. “snug as a gun” –simile (line 2) The pen fits in Heaney’s hand, and like a gun, it is powerful because when he writes, he writes to get his point of view across. 2. “spade sinks” –assonance (4) Heaney uses assonance to stress the words; unlike his father and grandfather digging, he writes. 3. “…rasping sound…gravelly ground…down” –onomatopoeia and rhyming (3-5) Onomatopoeia and rhyming are used together to make a tone of amazement (he’s discovering his family traditions). 4.
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