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by Seamus Heaney

Digging Allusions & Cultural References

When poets refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Historical References:

While Heaney isn't talking directly about the Irish Potato Famine, it's important to know about it to understand why potato farming was so important to Irish culture, and to our speaker's family in particular.

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