what does this poem exactly mean?

An August Night

by Seamus Heaney

His hands were warm and small and knowledgeable.

When I saw them again last night, they were two ferrets,

Playing all by themselves in a moonlit field.

the read said “he” then makes a transition to the past “last night” they were ferrets.

I dont know much about ferrets but its probably something ferrets do at night?

sorry if this is a dumb question.

3 Answers

  • Roop
    9 days ago

    well the meaning for a poem,song, story or whatever depends on person to person. to me that seems like the poet was talking about him working hard with his hands to make something of himself

  • Alex
    9 days ago

    I’m guessing it’s a metaphor. People don’t (normally) write poetry about ferrets.

  • dearborne
    9 days ago

    His hands were still.

    Last night they were in motion, playful like.

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