Poem

From the poem digging, the poet demonstrates the resilience and the dedication in his father, whom he describes as old, but whose performance in the farm is amazing. However, the author tries to demonstrate how issues are changing across generations, since despite the fact that his father works relentlessly in the farm, the grandfather could have done better. The poem therefore demonstrates how issues are changing across generations and how individuals are coming to terms with reality. As the poet sat under the window, he could see to his amazement how his father dug up potatoes and looked determined to finish the job he was working on (Heaney 1). Despite the fact that the father`s father could have demonstrated more power and dedication, there is a significant drop in the performance across generations. People are becoming lazier by the day and this information proves vital in the analysis of the father`s performance. Throughout the poem, the poet demonstrates and argues that despite the longstanding notions that the younger generation is more resilient than the older generation, there has been a slight change in the approach to manual work and the older generation has been performing better than the younger generation.
In the poem metaphors, the poet argues and bases the points on the similarity between the real objects and those being compared with. According to the poet, most of the issues demonstrated in the poem represent either an exaggeration, or a comparison between two different things. By comparing the magnificence of a house to an elephant, the poet demonstrates that the house is quite big. In addition, there are attempts to demonstrate that the objects illustrated in the poem have different shapes and sizes as compared to the objects in the metaphors. The poem therefore demonstrates that among other issues, things do not appear as seen (Path 1). There is a philosophical interpretation of ideas by separating appearance and reality. In the poem, the issue that has been emphasized is appearance. The comparison based on the perceived objects. Whereas some objects have been exaggerated, the poet has tried to incorporate different perceptions with intentions of diversifying on appearance and the most comparable objects according to human interpretation. The following poem also demonstrates that unlike the human expectations, things do not have to take dimensions as expected by humans. There is a possibility of change and that humans have the capacity of diversifying their perceptions.
According to the poem evolution, the poet tries to portray corruption and decadence among humans. The poem explains how a pawnshop was started with intentions of helping the Indians. Despite the fact that the pawnshop had taken long to start, the owner used the shop as an opportunity of starting a museum using the valuables presented by the Indians. In addition, the poem illustrates the mercilessness of the pawnshop owner, since even the poorest Indian was exploited based on his or her needs (Alexie 1). The pawnshop owner took advantage of the fact that most of the individuals coming to the shop were poor and hence exploited their needs and their valuables as much as he could. Eventually, since the owner was aware of the financial difficulties among his customers, he knew that they would not pay up and hence started a museum.
Works Cited
Alexie Sherman. Evolution. 2006. Web. April 12 2013.
Heaney, Seamus. Digging. 1966. Web. April 12 2013.
Path, Sylvia. Metaphor. 2011. Web. April 12 2013.

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