Or hiss when a new shoe toughens in water.

from Seamus Heaney – The Forge on Rap Genius


This line describes how when something new comes into the blacksmith shop, it doesn’t bode well. The change is not adapted into the shop.

This line evokes the image of putting a hot horseshoe in cold water, the steam rising up as the cool water hits the heated steel.

This poem is very auditory. Describing the ring of the anvil, the hiss of the water. It uses sound to immerse the reader in the environment and ambiance of the action.

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