I'll first be talking about the relationship between father and son. The relationship between father and son seems to be one of tension and distance as conveyed to the readers at first. For instance, the narrator "looks down" at his father digging, as shown in the second stanza, which can either be interpreted in two ways. One way is that the narrator is situated above his father who is in the fields digging, or another way in which the narrator looks down upon his father and sees no value in his occupation. As shown, the narrator's position is above his father because he has an education, which is reinforced from the start: the narrator is a writer, and most likely received more education than his father who is a potato farmer. The mood reinforces the distant relationship between the father and the son. The mood of the poem at first is soleme and grave. This is exemplified in the onomatopoeia, "a clean, rasping sound" , which carry cacophonous sounds, as well as the diction "the spade sinks into gravelly ground". The diction "gravelly" all suggest a very solemn relationship between the father and the son. Not only so, the... [continues]
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