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A Short Analysis of Seamus Heaney’s ‘Digging’ October 19, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 6:04 pm

A critical reading of a classic Heaney poem

‘Digging’ appeared in Seamus Heaney’s first collection, Death of a Naturalist, in 1966. Like a number of the sonnets by Tony Harrison – who was born two years before Heaney – ‘Digging’ is about a poet-son’s relationship with his father and the sense that the working-class son, by choosing the vocation of the poet (but then who chooses it? It chooses them, we might say), is adopting a path very different from his father’s, and his father’s before him. You can read ‘Digging’ here; in this post we offer our analysis of the poem’s meaning, language, and effects.

In summary, ‘Digging’ sees Heaney reflecting on his father, who used to dig potato drills (shallow furrows in fields, into which the potato seeds can be planted) but now struggles to dig flowerbeds in his garden. The poet’s grandfather, he recollects, used…

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Writing Class

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 3:06 pm

Deja vue

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A few years ago I did an adult education course in writing. It was a very interesting class. We had all sorts of assignments and we had to read out our compositions. It was rather daunting at first and I felt quite shy and self-conscious about it. On the other hand it was very entertaining to hear the others in the class. One learned a lot about each of the 15 or so contributors. I enjoyed the class very much – it was so sociable and also we received good criticism and tips for improving our writing.

Our teacher was primarily interested in poetry, being a poet herself with several published works. I felt she wanted to turn each of us into poets but still we were allowed to go our own way, up to a point. I was particularly keen to work on my autobiography but she put me…

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More Information For The Family Tree

Filed under: Ancestors,Genealogy — Janet @ 2:40 pm

I keep finding more ancestors to add to the family tree.  The research just keeps bearing  fruit.  The total number is now 3942.

plantagenants                English Immigrant                    arbella-flagship-of-the-winthrop-fleet                      Immigrant Ship lyon               arabella                               photo[1]

 

All Things Nantucket

Filed under: Ancestors,Genealogy,Nantucket Island,Nathaniel Philbrick — Janet @ 3:49 am

Living on the NW Corner of the West Coast I do not meet many people with whom I can share my love of Nantucket Island which is so well known and loved by East Coast people.  The magical island of Nantucket, 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, is the site of many happy memories, not only for me but for other members of my family and friends.  I first visited the island when I was 10 years old.  One of my older sisters had a summer job there as a waitress.  That was the first of many memorable visits.  Both of my older sisters met their future husband there.  A family friend had a large house in Siasconset in a more remote part of the island – my mother and I were house guests for a few weeks during several summers. The family of a college friend rented a house in Wauwinet for many years.  College friends were invited to join them.  Summer in Nantucket – magical.

Visits to the Island have been infrequent in subsequent years but I continue to read about  Nantucket and its fascinating history.  I’m particularly intrigued by its whaling history.

I have learned a lot from the writings of Nathaniel Philbrick.  And I have read Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick twice.  Several prominent names in Nantucket’s history are Macy, Starbuck, and Coffin.  I am thrilled that I have found  a number of ancestors named Coffin – and they resided on Nantucket!  More information will be forthcoming in due course.

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