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Compare And Contrast Out-Out And Mid-Term Break

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Compare And Contrast Out-Out And Mid-Term Break The poem out-out was written by roger frost. It's about a young boy who loses his hand while using a buzz saw; unfortunately he also loses his life. Seamus Heaney wrote mid-term break, this poem is also about a young boy who loses his life, but this death was caused by a car accident, he was only left with "a poppy bruise on his left temple." The two poems give the same message: deaths of a young child, but both are very different. In out-out the young boy was from a poor working class background, which meant that the young boy had to complete a full days work to help the family to survive. But the young boy from mid-term break was from a fairly rich middle class background. It was easily noticed in the difference in the reactions to the two deaths. In out-out the family and friends of the boy had to carry on working when his life ended because they couldn't afford to take time off work, they where living for survival. In mid-term break the family and friends had time to mourn his death being middle class they where able to afford time off work. ...read more.

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As they are middle class the family can take it easier and have time to grieve. The two poets have unique ways of gaining their response in the reader. In out-out roger frost starts with writing about the buzz saw, this eventually the main cause of the boys death. Whereas, Seamus Heanley in mid-term break begins with writing about the boys death, and builds up to the funeral. "In the porch I met my father crying, he had always taken funerals in his stride." This is a clear image that means that the father usually had taken funerals quite well, but when someone so close to him dies its too hard for him and he breaks down and cries. There are many examples of figures of speech in 'out-out by the poet Roger Frost. "The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard" This is a good example of onomatopoeia, and also alliteration. I think the use of the verbs snarled and rattled makes the reader believe that the saw is a nasty piece of machinery even before the boy's accident. In the end the buzz saw was what caused the boy's tragedy. Roger frost spoke in the entire poem no more than once. ...read more.

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He was unaccustomed to this being from a middle class family, where respect for elders was essential, and children where seen and not heard. My response to the rest of the verses, is that you should try to always be happy, and enjoy your life from the start to the end because, you only live once, and there's no second chance, because life is to fragile. I felt really sympathetic for the two families, having lost someone so young and innocent, what has anyone the age of four done to deserve to die. The phrase 'life is not fair' is said quite often and lost some of its meaning but something like this is not fair. I had similar responses to the two poems, compared with the way the two poets wrote the poems. I fell that the prime similarities of the two poems are that both of the heart-rending accidents were very brutal, and it shows how accidents can be deadly. I felt sorry for both of the families, but more for the family in out-out, this is because they didn't have time to mourn, but in mid-term break the family were rich enough to take time of work etc. I believe that it would of taken the family in out-out a lot longer to recover from the boys death because they didn't have tome to mourn. ...read more.

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