A Drink of Water Topics for Further Study
by Seamus Heaney

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Topics for Further Study

(Poetry for Students)

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Write a descriptive essay on the old woman in "A Drink of Water." Describe her life, including major events from Irish history.

Expound on what you think the injunction in the last line, "Remember the Giver," means. Who do you think "the Giver" is?

What is the role of the moon in this poem? What does it tell you about the woman? What does it tell you about the speaker?

Examine the references in the poem to different sounds and discuss the effect each sound has on your interpretation of the poem.