by Seamus Heaney
Digging Strength and Skill Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: (4)
Right away, Heaney dives in to talk about the difficult labor of digging.
Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds (6)
The word "straining" in this line shows us how hard his father was working in the garden. Perhaps things no longer come so easy to his dad.