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by Seamus Heaney

Speaker Point of View

Who is the speaker, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?

The speaker of this poem is a man looking back on his days of youth spent in the countryside. He's recalling a memory and how it made him feel and what it meant to him. Though the speaker has all the knowledge and insight that years of experience will give a person, he still honors the naïve hope, excitement, and disappointment of the young man. Never does he look back and say, "Man I was such a dumb kid then, I'm so much wiser now." It's a pretty non-judgmental and nostalgic look back at an important event from the past.

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