by Seamus Heaney
Digging: How deep do you think words are? Quiz
Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Digging? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What tool do both the father and grandfather use?
Q. Why doesn't the speaker use a spade for real digging instead of a pen for metaphorical digging?
He's scared to go outside
He is allergic to dirt
He knows he will make a fool of himself
He has no skill with a spade
Q. The roots the grandfather cuts through symbolize what?
The speaker's connection to the earth
The grandfather's disconnect
The harsh reality of nature
The way the grandfather murders people
Q. What does the speaker's "digging" lack compared to the digging of his father and grandfather?
A tangible, touchable reward
Q. What does the speaker think of his father's and grandfather's work?
He respects their hard-working attitudes
He is afraid they will hurt themselves
He is jealous of all the time they spend in the field