Digging of Generations

Yuan YIN


The poem “digging” of Seamus Heaney is one of the most widely known poems. This paper will study and analyze the comparison of “digging of generations” in the following aspects: tools of digging, fruits of digging, power of digging and depth of digging. Comparing the different tools of digging, the poet regards spade and pen as the symbols of occupation in different era. Heaney explores the culture and history changes of society from the fruits of digging, and delve into the social progress via the source of strength of digging. The developing digging ways and digging depth discloses great progress and amazing improvement of digging.


“Digging”; Generations; Tools; Fruits; Power; Depth

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/12932


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