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A Critical Appreciation of "Mid-term Break" by Seamus Heaney

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  • Submitted: 29/09/2004
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A Critical Appreciation of "Mid-term Break" by Seamus Heaney

In order to write a critical appreciation of this shocking poem by Seamus Heaney, I will make use of language choices, use of structure and subject matter. This poem is about a boy, that tells his experience when he as picked up from school because of the death of his baby brother.

This poem is possibly an autobiographical poem, as it is written in the persona "I". It has seven stanzas each of which has three lines, and the last line of the poem is apart from the others. It has no rhyming scheme.

When reading the first stanza of this poem, it gives a sad feeling, because of it being emotionless; it is slow and monotonous. By giving many references of time, it seems as if the boy is waiting for something eagerly, and because he is "counting bells" he seems to be bored, and is trying to distract himself. In this stanza, there is an impression that something bad has happened, because he is sitting "in the college sick bay", and his "neighbours drove [him] home". There is an uncomfortable mood, and

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