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Compare how the strength of feeling is built up in both “ The Barn” and Midterm Break”

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Compare how the strength of feeling is built up in both " The Barn" and Midterm Break" These two poems are very different yet very similar, the two poems have a strange bond holding them together although both have a different theme. This could be easily showed, both of them revolve around two of the strongest emotions in the world, which are fear and grief. One thing lots of people will notice that usually these feelings are associated with childhood especially fear. This does not mean that adults are never scared or they never grieve but it means that as people grow in size they also out grow many of their fears. With grief it is not the same because actually both children and adults have moments of grief and misery except they show it in different ways. The titles are very misleading and especially " Midterm break" because people usually associate happiness and joy with a midterm break. Also it could be referring to the heartbreak caused by the death of Heaney's younger brother. The title is very clever it shows Heaney's genius in poetry. " the Barn" is a very straightforward title with little play on the words and very little feeling. People associate " the barn" with animals and farms, this does not link to any feelings. ...read more.


The last line which was " A four foot box, a foot for every year" has as much feeling as the whole poem because it is very expressive. The last line reveals two very sad facts, the first is that the boy is alone in death and second that he is four years. Both of these facts are the final surprise which Heaney was saving for last. Knowing that he is four increases the grief and misery you also feel that it is a loss of innocence. As this boy was only four so what could he have ever done to the world, what did he do to deserve such a sad ending? All these questions were going through Heaney's imagination. The fact that he is alone reveals some guilt, Heaney is feeling guilty that he did not get a chance to say good-bye, this is shown twice when Heaney says " I saw him for the first time in six weeks. Paler now," the second is when he emphasizes the last line. He is feeling that he could not be next to his brother when he needed him most, and now he is leaving him forever. The Barn's ending is a totally different style, in midterm break by the end you know more, in the Barn after reading the last line you want to know more to know what happened. ...read more.


Poppies also have a distinguished red colour so by using it he implies that the bruise was remarkably bad, and it could have even caused his death. Heaney uses lots of words to describe the surroundings in the Barn like "farmyard implements, harness, plough socks" and "the floor was mouse grey" all these words help create the image of the place the boy is in and the choice of words is very successful as it is not very simple but it is not very complicated either. So younger readers could read it and understand what it means but older ones won't think it is a nursery rhyme. There are also lots of contrasts in both poems like "baby" and "old men" in Mid term break, and "dark" and "sunlit". These contrasts give a visual effect and make the reader imagine the settings better, although it is harder. I think that poems are very expressive and have a very deep meaning that has been simplified into words most people can understand which is not easy. Also it needs a lot of mental strength to recall such incidents, and it needs more strength to be able to write about them, especially that they are very hard. It is not easy to write a poem about the loss of a younger brother, especially in this situation as he is killed. ?? ?? ?? ?? Karim Auf 19-11-?2002??-? ...read more.

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