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 […]