Inside, the hammered anvil’s short-pitched ring,

from Seamus Heaney – The Forge on Rap Genius

Meaning

The previous line describes how the older tools are outside, outdated and now unusable. In this line however it talks about how although the old, once trusted tools are no longer in use, work is continuing on in the blacksmith’s shop. Their work does not stop just as the times change and new equipment is developed.

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