Reflections and Interpretations on "Digging" Essay
When you read poetry there are a lot of elements in the poem that you as the reader or listener have to pay close attention to in order for you to follow what is going on and what the main point of the poem may be. In the poem "Digging" by Seamus Heaney you have to look deep into the poem in order to get the true meaning. Some of the elements of the poem that you'll need to pay close attention to are symbolism, imagery, persona and setting. If you look at each of these and then break the poem down, you will understand the whole theme of "Digging."
In the first few lines of the poem you will be introduced to the setting of the poem, or where the poem takes …show more content…
All poems have symbolism or should have some kind of symbolism. In this poem the writer uses that of a pen and a shovel. The father and grandfather grew up and made their livings with a shovel, and the son plans on doing the same - only with his pen. These two symbols are used to compare everyone and to link them together throughout the poem. Heaney uses this to both open and close his poem. In the first two lines you'll read, "Between my finger and my thumb / The