This is how God addresses Ezekiel, and the use of it in the poem elevates Eliot to a god-like position, and reduces the reader to nothing more than a follower; this could also have been put in as a response to the vast advancements of the time, where science made great leaps of technology, however the spiritual and cultural sectors of the world lay forgotten, according to Eliot. Eliot himself noted that this is from Ecclesiastes 12, a book within the Bible that discuss the meaning of life, and the borne duty of man to appreciate his life. The references to shadows seems to imply that there is something larger and far more greater than the reader skulking along beside the poem, lending it an air of menace and the narrator an air of omnipotence, of being everywhere at once. The German in the middle is from Tristan and Isolde, and it concerns the nature of love — love, like life, is something given by God, and humankind should appreciate it because it so very easily disappears.
Each line is approximately the same length and contain both slanting and perfect end word rhymes.
Throughout this piece Heaney uses both perfect and slanting end rhymes. Read complete poem here. Summary of Follower The first half of this piece is a worshipful description by a son Follower by seamus heaney his father, as he remembers how he looked and acted as he ploughed their fields.
In the very last stanza of the poem the roles are reversed and the speaker is now the strong one with his father depending on him and following him as he ploughs. The son speaks of his father in past tense, giving the reader a hint that things may have changed since then.
This description imbues the father with power, he is strong enough to withstand the metaphorical winds on the sea. In the second, third, and fourth lines Heaney uses the technique of alliteration, in this case, of the S sound.
This technique is used to to mirror the movement of the plow itself as it slides through the ground. Second Stanza The second stanza gives little room for interpretation regarding the skill level of the father.
The next few lines add another few technical farming terms into the description of the scene. The use of these words that today, will not be known to many, but very well known to few, lend an additional element of realism to this piece. The next lines of the poem incorporate these terms and go into deep detail on the processes, and pieces, of ploughing.
Just as in the first stanza, the first and third line end words are a perfect rhyme. It is clear that this narrator is in awe of the power and ability that his father possesses. This stanza continues the same rhyming pattern found in the second stanza.
He …stumbled in his hob-nailed wake, Fell sometimes on the polished sod; His clumsy, amateur mistakes are a point of embarrassment to the speaker. He wishes to grow up and become his father. He wants to emulate his father perfectly, ploughing just as he did with one of his eyes closed, and a stiff arm.
This stanza concludes with a statement from the boy that alludes to the inferiority he may have felt around his father. All I ever did was follow In his broad shadow round the farm. He describes once more his actions as a child, how he …was a nuisance, tripping, falling, Yapping always.
He is no longer this boy though, now he has become the man that his father follows. The father now looks to his son as someone he is proud of and depends on, just as the speaker did when he was young.
It is now his father behind him, …and will not go away. Just as the father did not mind his son following him, so too the speaker treats his much older father. The whole narrative has come full circle leaving the reader with both a hopeful and solemn message.
Hopeful, that one may become more than they currently are, and solemn that even when one is strong beyond measure, they may become weaker and dependent on others.
His upbringing played an important role in the development of his work. He would eventually author over 20 volumes of poetry and criticism as well as work editing anthologies.
In he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Heaney died in after teaching at both Harvard and Oxford.Knocked out for a cover lesson, so no great shakes but might save a couple of monstermanfilm.com resource contains a worksheet that provides some guidance for students who are exploring and annotating Seamus Heaney's poem Follower.
JAVIER DÍAZ SORIA – GRUPO A POESÍA INGLESA DE LOS SIGLOS XIX Y XX. Seamus Heaney (b. ) FOLLOWER; Death of a Naturalist, My father worked with a horse plough, 1 His shoulders globed like a full sail strung.
Follower by Seamus monstermanfilm.com father worked with a horseplough His shoulders globed like a full sail strung Between the shafts and the /5(21). “Follower” by Seamus Heaney is a six stanza piece, made up of quatrains, or four line monstermanfilm.com line is approximately the same length and contain both slanting and perfect end word rhymes.
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