Essay about An Analysis of Follower by Seamus Heaney

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An Analysis of Follower by Seamus Heaney


"Follower" is a poem which relates back to Seamus Heaney's past
memories which he had experienced when he was at a younger age, they
are memories of him and his father and their relationship. From the
poem we can interpret that he was brought up on a potato farm and in
many of his other poems he relates to this, this suggests that perhaps
he enjoyed farming or perhaps he is expressing the family's
traditions. "Follower" is a poem which strongly relates to Heaney's
past life. The poem also suggests the theme of growth, at the
beginning of the poem he is a young boy, who looks up to his father.
However, by the end of the poem it is his father who needs help from
his son.

The first three stanzas of the poem are written in the third person
with all words relating to his father as 'he' or 'his'. But there is a
change in the fourth stanza and from then on until the end of the
poem, it is written in the first person with only one reference in the
whole of the last two verses to ...

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