Ed Toner

Blog: Digging by Seamus Heaney

I have written past blogs about many topics related to specific work being done at the OCIO. This one is in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and some additional core values that I admire: tradition and work ethic.

Saint Patrick's Day

This poem by Irish Poet Seamus Heaney, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995 is about tradition and work; and the tools it takes to get that work done. The poet manages to show he is following in the tradition of his father and grandfather. He's just using a different tool and a different method.

It shows us just how much enthusiasm and admiration the poet has for his father and grandfather's skill. Not only does hard work seem important, but the tradition of hard work. He comes from a long line of diggers, and he seems very proud. Most of our jobs were not even thought of 50 years ago, but it does not mean that we are not continuing a proud tradition of hard work.

Poetry: Digging by Seamus Heaney



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