Explain the theme of Seamus Heaney's "Digging." 

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In the poem "Digging" by Seamus Heaney, a poet pauses in his writing to observe his father digging in the garden outside the window. This causes him to reflect back further into the past to when he would bring his grandfather a drink of milk as he worked hard digging out in the fields.

Two of the themes that run through this poem are respect for work and respect for tradition. Heaney's father digs in the ground like his father before him. They both work hard to make the land productive. Heaney admires them for their diligence and the skill with which they wield their shovels. It's a skill that is passed on from generation to generation, as he writes: "By God the old man could handle a spade. Just like his old man."

Another overriding theme in the poem highlights the fact that the writer has gone...

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