The Nigerian fable told in this poem is about man trying to overcome death, but realizing that it is a force outside his control. Seamus Heaney also lived in Wicklow, which could indicate that the fable is an extended metaphor for his own recognition and fear of death. This poem had the same feeling as the myths and fables my parents used to read to me before bed, so I tried to convey that as I read aloud. The verses are long and the lines seem to amble. At first glance, the poem does not seem to have any rhythm, but when preparing for the oral reading, I could identify a slight foot in some lines. However, it does not stay consistent, so instead, I tried putting weight on the descriptive words to give more attention to the metaphors and images used in the poem. One of my favorite parts of this poem was the ending, where a few of the main images of the poem were repeated. One of my least favorite things about poetry is the inconclusive nature of many poems, but this reminder of the toad and the dog satisfied my desire for closure. Presenting in front of the class was much harder than I anticipated, and I realized that since I focused on a closer reading of the structural components and metaphors, it would have been nice to know a little more background on the fable itself.