Heaney reflects on the continuing significance of the bogs in Irish society.

Heaney reflects on how pre-Christian traditions of depositing ojects in the bog have continued to this day in Ireland. People leave alls sorts of thing behind them, from coins to buttons and screws. In 20th century Ireland, most people buy peat in bales rather than cut their own turf in a bog. But Heaney has mixed feelings as he watches the modern industrial harvesting of the bogs.