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He uses his words as a 'weapon' to speak out what he personally feels to be wrong.
The poem is written in free verse. Although the first two stanzas of the poem show the start of regularity and rhyme, this changes to the use of free verse continuing to the end of the poem. This form of free verse allows the poet a freedom for subtle rhythmic variety, for example using assonance. Or making words look like they rhyme. Which is shown quite regularly through this poem.
Free verse also complements the style of the poet 'connecting' with the reader in the way that it seems like the poet is writing directly to the reader. Making it a more 'in touch' and personal poem to subjects that we can relate to. In this case. Having a respect for your Father or your heritage.
The poems opening line, in a simple, complete one line statement, conveys the impression of the poet talking to us directly and also sets a 'snapshot' of time for the reader:
"Between my finger and my thumb/The squat pen rests; snug as a gun"
This opening line focuses our attention to the fact that this is set in present time. It is as if the opening lines in the first stanza is creating the beginning of his memories being told by the poet.
When Seamus Heaney uses the word "gun" in relation to his "pen." The author uses this simile "gun" to express his relief that he can use his pen instead of a gun as a weapon. It shows a new belief that you do not have to use violence to achieve your goal.
Seamus Heaney is careful n choosing the word "gun" - almost a starting point in what else that he chooses to say as a "weapon" for the subjects raised in the rest of the poem.
Seamus Heaney is able to document time successfully. In the opening lines of the poem, it is as if he sets the beginning of his memory or starting to tell the 'story' of his father 'digging.'
He moves on to say: "Under my window, a clean raspin
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- he sets the beginning of his memory or starting to tell the 'story' ...
- 'digging potatoes' Heaney also shows appreciation of accuracy and the skill needed in order ...
- Heaney writes: "But I have no spade to follow men like them."
- He ends this poem with a confident line where he writes: "I'll dig with it."
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