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This is my first time reading this poem, and I think it is pretty interesting. One of the elements of this poem that stands out to me is the diction. He uses words like "hammer" and "unpredictable" and "toughness" in describing this blacksmith's work. I think this diction serves to the theme that you identified: manual labor is something to take pride in and hard, honorable work pays off. The strong support for old style labor supports the second part of your theme that society is becoming more industrial.

i believe this poem is Heaney talking about his own work

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