Study Guide

Blackberry-Picking Tough-O-Meter

By Seamus Heaney

Tough-O-Meter

(5) Tree Line

The terrain is navigable, but don't forget your compass or you might end up a little lost. OK, so what's on the surface of "Blackberry-Picking" is completely straightforward, but check out all those layers! It's true that you can enjoy the poem for what it is after the first read, but we recommend a little deep digging to uncover the all those juicy symbols and metaphors, not to mention how the sound of the poem affects everything.