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by Seamus Heaney

Digging: How deep do you think words are? True or False

1. What tool do both the father and grandfather use? -> A spade
2. Why doesn't the speaker use a spade for real digging instead of a pen for metaphorical digging? -> He is allergic to dirt
3. The roots the grandfather cuts through symbolize what? -> The way the grandfather murders people
4. What does the speaker's "digging" lack compared to the digging of his father and grandfather? -> Hard work
5. What does the speaker think of his father's and grandfather's work? -> He is afraid they will hurt themselves