I have picked number 71 from the top 100 Irish poems list and once again it is a familiar appearance on the list, Seamus Heaney. Ironically it was last week’s poem that I randomly picked Seamus Heaney for his poem about Station island. A very descriptive poem as well.
So what is the poem Follower all about?
The title of the poem tells of how the young Heaney followed his father while he was ploughing. It is a poem that speaks about relationships, growing old and life. Seamus reflects on his younger life in the final paragraph where he talks about how he was a “nuisance”.
I also found an incredible old video of Seamus Heaney himself reading this poem. You can find it directly under the poem.
Seamus Heaney reads “Follower” (from Death of a Naturalist, 1966)
What did you think about the poem Follower?
I really enjoyed the poem. It has amazing imagery and his words on the video nearly give you chills. gg