Seamus Heaney

Rookie (April 13,1939 - August 30, 2013 / Castledàwson, County Londonderry)

Digging - Poem by Seamus Heaney

Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.
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Comments about Digging by Seamus Heaney

  • Gold Star - 25,725 Points Kim Barney (9/4/2015 4:29:00 PM)

    Wow! Such vibrant images this poem evoked for me. I'm going to read more of his works. He has just become one of my favorite poets! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 29,672 Points * Sunprincess * (9/4/2015 8:44:00 AM)

    ..............great poem, poignant and wistful ★ (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,788 Points Rahman Henry (9/4/2015 8:09:00 AM)

    Seamus was a wonderful poet. And this poem is one of his signature poem. I like it, I enjoyed this poem a lot. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 45,857 Points Fabrizio Frosini (9/4/2015 7:57:00 AM)

    'snug as a gun'.. a great similitude.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,758 Points Ramesh T A (9/4/2015 12:37:00 AM)

    The poet chooses the pen instead of spade unlike his forefathers! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Leon O'hagan (10/2/2014 6:49:00 PM)

    Good man Iain......let me know when you publish your book - i'll be sure to buy a copy! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie iain Robb (3/14/2014 4:30:00 PM)

    A classic piece of near line-broken prose rubbish, by a tin-eared old bore who will be forgotten just as soon as the next poet comes along willing to write odes to potatoes, and machines for cutting up turnips. Sadly, there's too many of those about, but hopefully our current editors will all be replaced someday by people with a sense for real poetry. In the meantime, let's just enjoy the utter inaptitude of an allusion between a spade and a pen. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 7,637 Points Francis Lynch (9/5/2015 7:24:00 AM)

    Poor baby. When you publish, pass the spade.

  • Rookie May Obrien (10/30/2013 8:12:00 AM)

    i adore this poem, it's so delicious to the ear; it's so vivid and clear. [3 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Shouvik Roy (7/3/2012 1:06:00 PM)

    the squat pen rest.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Reuven Goldfarb (5/13/2012 12:05:00 PM)

    The main problem with this generally useful list is the frequent typographical errors that some people make when entering a poem. Mistakes in copying can be corrected by careful proofreading and comparing the original text (assuming that it's accurate) with the copy. I should think that the two errors in the second line would be obvious. (Report) Reply

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