The unpredictable fantail of sparks

from Seamus Heaney – The Forge on Rap Genius

Meaning

“The unpredictable fantail of sparks” describes how long the black smith has been working as his job profession. Being a blacksmith, shifting metal has certain qualities. Such as when the sparks fly.

His notice of the sparks can symbolize how the sparks seem never-ending; there are too many of them. This could also be shown as his life in the blacksmith profession. Never-ending, and unpredictable.

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