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ReferencesAcosta 1Lorraine AcostaILS209020 September 2019Agricultural Work ReflectionIn the poem Digging by Seamus Heaney, he speaks about his forefathers’ tradition of digging and his continuation of it, in his own way. His father dug for the potato drills and his grandfather cutting peat. Although they didn’t do anything extraordinary, he still spoke about it with pride. This literature says that this kind of work is very tough, yet lovely and enjoyable, and that it takes more than just effort to reap what you sow. He goes on to mention how talented his father and grandfather were, “By God, the old man could handle a spade… My grandfather cut more turf in a day than any other man…” (Seamus, 1964). The text also implies that to do this type of work, you must really have a passion for it. Heaney says that he’s got no spade to follow into his forefathers’ footsteps, but that he does have his pen and that he will dig with it. A different type of digging, however. Instead of using manual force to dig, he will use his intellect. He is 100% sure of his writing career and quite proud of it. I think this is a romantic view as digging represents both a means of identification with his roots and an art form with its own rhythm. He finds that poetry is a form of digging as well; digging into his memories to relive his father and grandfather’s experiences and be able to clearly put it down on paper. I would say it’s poetic, but it would just be corny. This definitely connects to my view of work. I believe in doing what you love no matter how much of a black sheep you may feel like. I come from a military family, my grandfather was a marine, my aunts and uncles are all in the army, and as much as I want to make them proud and follow in theAcosta 2family tradition, my heart belongs to the medical sciences. For someone who was born exactly 56 years before me and grew up in a completely different time and place, with different norms and different customs, I deeply understand how Heaney felt; at a crossroad between farming and writing; between his family and his soul. It makes me happy to see that he went with his heart. While I believe in doing what you love, I also believe in doing what you’re good at or at least getting training in what you really want to do before you drop everything and “go for it.” For example, one may want to be a singer instead of an accountant, but if that one person’s voice is not trained or does not have natural singing abilities, there is almost no chance at success and will have a lot of difficulty finding work. Just like Heaney would have probably failed at farming; the man could barely cork a bottle of milk properly! Not saying that he couldn’t, eventually, learn the farming ways, but lack of passion causes distraction, and distraction allows for mistakes. Good thing he was a great writer!Acosta 3ReferencesHeaney, Seamus. Digging. New Statesman Magazine,


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