Artists The narrator first appeals to the

Artists always struggle in feeling as if they are not contributing enough to society. They feel as if their craft is not honourable and they will never do any good without a “real job”. In the poem “Digging”, it shows this inner turmoil. The narrator portrays this in a variety of ways. In this essay I will speak of two that impacted me specifically, their use of metaphors and descriptive language.The poem, “Digging” uses the metaphor of a pen of a shovel. This metaphor shows how the narrator goes astray from his forefathers line of work. The narrator at first feels ashamed for choosing to be a poet instead of the hard physical labour worker like his father. He then realizes that he can still honour them. He tries to justify his own identity as a poet. He thinks of his childhood and he feels very disconnected for them with his choice to not be a potato digger. Even though he has “no spade to follow men like them”, he has a pen in hand and he will “dig with it”.Another thing that the narrator is especially good at is using descriptive text. The narrator first appeals to the sense of touch. The first two lines, “Between my finger and my thumb, The squat pen rests; snug as a gun” make you imagine what it feels like to hold a pen like a gun. In my mind I imagined it being aggressively or defensively. That fits with how the narrator is fighting to justify his identity as a poet as opposed to being a potato digger.Another example of the narrator’s descriptive writing was when he appealed to the sense of hearing. “The squelch and slap of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge. Through living roots awaken in my head” when I read this part it heavily appealed to my sense of hearing. I could clearly hear the shovel being submerged in the wet mud and the crisp crunch of the “live roots” as the shovel severed them clean. He made digging sound poetic, making it sound more significant and honourable than the path he has chosen for himself. THis goes back to his difficulty to accept his decision to become a poet.