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Death has been described and explained in many different ways by many different poets, William Wordsworth and Seamus Heaney being two of them.

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Poetry Coursework. Death has been described and explained in many different ways by many different poets, William Wordsworth and Seamus Heaney being two of them. Wordsworth's romantic poem We are seven is based in the countryside and is about a little girl telling Wordsworth about her family. In the poem, I see love, unity, and identification expressed by Wordsworth. Love is seen in stanza three Her eyes were fair and very fair; Her beauty made me glad. Unity can be seen in stanza eight and fourteen Seven boys and girls are we; Two of us in the churchyard lie, Beneath the churchyard tree. Together round her grave we played, My brother John and I. Identification is seen in stanza two She was eight years old, she said; Her hair was thick with many a curl That clustered round her head. The simple structure of the poem symbolizes the simple life of the little girl, A simple child, dear brother Jim, That lightly draws its breath, And feels its life in every limb, What should it know of death? ...read more.

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We are seven! In the last stanza of the poem Wordsworth is still frustrated with the little girl but he sees that the spiritual mind of the little girl is vastly superior to his, he realizes that this little maid's strong beliefs are unshakeable, The little maid would have her will And said, 'Nay we are seven!' Seamus Heaney's poem Mid-term break is an emotional, personal poem. It portrays death in a different way from Wordsworth, Heaney expresses death more solemnly than the little girl in Wordsworth's poem. I see bitterness, separation, and desolation in this poem. Bitterness is seen in the last stanza, A four-foot box, a foot for every year. Separation is seen in stanza four, At ten o'clock an ambulance arrived With the corpse, stanched and bandaged by nurses. Desolation is seen in stanza two, In the porch I met my father crying- He had always taken funerals in his stride- And Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow. In stanza one Heaney shows the sense of loneliness beginning while he is still at school, his attitude to death is so different from that of the little girl's. ...read more.

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This is a big contrast to the little girl, she does not say anything about the days surrounding the death of her siblings. The last stanza describes the little boy in his coffin, Wearing a poppy bruise on his left temple He lay in the four-foot box as in his cot. No gaudy scars, the bumper knocked him clear. The 'poppy bruise' is the only visible sign from the accident, it represents his memory of death. The little girl in Wordsworth's poem does not have any memory of death, she tries to forget that they are dead, maybe that is why Heaney seems more cold and bitter than her. In the last line Heaney tries to conceal his feelings of pain and sorrow. He writes as if the child's short life was worthless, it is a very powerful last line, A four-foot box, a foot for every year. In We are seven death is seen through the eyes of a child, it has no emotion or feeling, the little girl treats her dead brother and sister as if they were still living. However, in Mid-term break death is seen in a completely different light. It shows the chilling image of a great loss, full of emotion and sadness where Heaney is overwhelmed by death. ...read more.

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