In the poem, ‘Digging’ by Seam’s Haney, the readers have been given the chance to forth come the lifestyle In which Haney/the speaker captures the life through his generations. Leading the readers to fall Into Honey’s own spiral of memories. The poet expresses these Ideas through the use of diction, Imagery and tone. Before the reader even looks at the first stanza they must read the title, this is the initial use of diction and word which sets the reader up to try and get a heads up on what the poem is about. However, Haney leaves the reader blank, as the title is very vague.It is only once the poem is read do the readers come to grip with the understanding that his older generations were diggers and he is ‘digging through the use of his pen. In the first stanza, by singling out the fingers and the pen resting in-between, the readers Instantly picture an image close up, as described.
Therefore the subject becoming the hand, then the use of a simile, “snug as a gun”, saying the pen feels as though a gun placed in his hand. Despite physically not the same thing, they both need action to provide use of these tools.What I find Interesting Is the mere fact Haney has represented something as serene and nonviolent as writing, which the word, “snug” resembles. However Haney juxtaposes it with an object of complete difference. Maybe symbolizing the pure power he feels when he is writing, as though a strong man when he is digging.
Throughout the poem the words, “digging” and “dig” are seen constantly as he remains focused upon the overall view f the poem, not only is the word used literally, but also in the sense of sound as the reader keeps reading they begin to hear the memories until they are all ‘dug up and that is when he begins.As the poem ends he may not be prolonging his Job passed on by generation however simply using another tool to ‘dig’ with. To return back to the middle of the poem, the readers see the use of Imagery as enjambment Is used between the second and third stanza that creates a Blvd mood. Haney appears to be looking down from his window only to find his father digging, n which creating an emotional self-memory as he looks back, “twenty years away”. The break in stanza indicates the change in time.In the seventh stanza Imagery is seen greatly, as Haney manages to use four senses: sight, smell, sound and touch. Alliteration throughout this stanza and onomatopoeia, “squelch” of the peat and the “curt cuts” in the ground, another thing to pick up on is the use of “cold smell”, usually not two words associated with one another as cold is usually applied with touch, however Haney mixes the senses and despite this he still has a point in terms f the statement being true.For example when it Is snowing, although you may not have a distinct smell connecting snow, there Is a specific feeling which can be associated.
The tone of the poem ‘digging is quite nostalgic, as Haney writes this poem in past outside. Throughout the poem the father and grandfather are portrayed as very loving, hardworking human beings. He values his sense of association alongside them, he clearly believes in what they have achieved despite him having “no spade to follow’ in their footsteps.Although rather than writing to regret, Haney believes he shall continue their work, by digging with his pen.
In conclusion I think the poem delicately provides the reader with the belief that which should not always have to follow the predecessors before us, as we make our own future. Perhaps not as one may presume or want it to be, but fulfill the needs of ourselves to grant happiness toward self, rather than thinking amongst others first. Haney could have been forced into digging, however it is his choice which created an opposite pathway.