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"Digging," a poem by Seamus Heaney

August 30, 2013
This list is dedicated to the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney (13 April 1939 – 30 August 2013). "Digging" is his most famous poem, and you can read it here.
squat
The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.
snug
The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.
spade
When the spade sinks into gravelly ground:
strain
Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds
stoop
Stooping in rhythm through potato drills
rhythm
Stooping in rhythm through potato drills
coarse
The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft
nestle
The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft
shaft
The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft
scatter
To scatter new potatoes that we picked,
bog
Than any other man on Toner’s bog.
squelch
The cold smell of potato mould, the squelch and slap
curt
Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge

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