Seamus Heaney - Poet to Blacksmith - Poetry Analysis

Poet to Blacksmith

Poet to Blacksmith   The search for perfection: Heaney offers a version from 18th century Irish of ‘instructions’ given by an agricultural labourer to his ‘spade-maker’ in the confidence that the latter can engineer the bespoke tool he requires: a side-arm to take on the earth. The spade must meet he following criteria: fit-for-purpose (Suitable for digging and grubbing), pleasing to the eye and right for the hand; for work and rest (pleasant to lean on) aesthetically pleasing (Tastily finished) of perfect design for manual work (right for the hand); with flawless, ‘superior’ appearance (No trace of the hammer); with the necessary elastic qualities of purchase and spring that save it from snapping; perfectly engineered where wood meets metal: The shaft to be socketed in dead true and dead straight. To possess the perfect tool would bring a pledge: to work with the gang till I drop and never complain. […read more….]