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Digging

Digging

by Seamus Heaney

Man and the Natural World Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: (4)

The sounds of the earth are so familiar to our speaker that they send him into a spiral of memories.

Quote #2

Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds (6)

What we can't help but notice is that the nature he describes is not wilderness. It's farms and gardens – places where man controls nature.

Quote #3

To scatter new potatoes that we picked,
Loving their cool hardness in our hands. (13-14)

This passage shows both how close the family worked to the land, and how much they loved what it produced.

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