Seamus Heaney Poems

what does "I ate the day deliberately, that it's tang might quicken me all into verb, pure verb." mean?

from the 'Oyserts',last stanza, I want to know the meaning behind it and significance.

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He wants to experience every bit of the day and be a person of action, pure action (verb is an action word). Quicken here means to give life to.