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Has its own individual outlook towards death. The three poems that I am studying are 'Mid-Term Break' by Seamus Heaney, 'In Memory of my Mother' by Patrick Kavanagh and Emily Dickinsons poem, which still remains untitled.

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English Language Coursework With reference to three poems - at least one pre twentieth century - discuss the 'treatment' of death. Death is a controversial topic that has been the subject of many poems as almost every person is curious to what happens when they depart this life. The three poems that I am studying have very different views of what happens after life and each one has its own individual outlook towards death. The three poems that I am studying are 'Mid-Term Break' by Seamus Heaney, 'In Memory of my Mother' by Patrick Kavanagh and Emily Dickinsons poem, which still remains untitled. 'Mid-Term Break' is about the sad and disquieting subject matter of death. It is a view from the poet Seamus Heaney as a young boy being confused as to how to react to the tragic death of his four year old brother. Heaney wrote this poem as an adult looking back at the time of his brother's death and his thoughts and feelings of his first experience of death as a young boy. In the first stanza, Heaney recalls his memories of sitting in school waiting for his neighbours to drive him home - "Counting bells knelling classes to a close" The school bells could imitate the sound of a funeral bell giving the reader a partial view into the following events. ...read more.

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The next poem I am going to look at is "In Memory of my Mother" by Patrick Kavanagh. "In Memory of my Mother" is a poem about a son reminiscing of times with his mother who has died, not wanting to let go of the memory of the times they spent together. As the title suggests, Kavanagh wrote this poem in memory of his mother. He was very close to his mother and loved her dearly and wrote this poem as a mark of respect and admiration for all she did for him and the rest of his family. The poet writes using colloquial language, language that one would use in everyday converse with another. The rhythm is like that of an everyday conversation although there is only one person talking. In the first stanza, the opening line is "I do not think of you lying in the wet clay of a Monaghan graveyard." This line is a definite indication that the poet does not want to forget his mother and fells that she lives on in his mind and in the hearts of all that loved her. The whole stanza is quite a positive view of death as the poet imagines his mother going about her usual activities such as "walking down the lane among the poplars on your way to the station..." ...read more.

Conclusion

This poem is very chilling and frightening although it does reassure the reader that there is a better place and that life does continue after death. My favourite line in the poem is "We passed the setting sun." I like this line because it is a common emblem of old age and the image portrayed of the sun setting symbolizes that as the sun goes down, a life ends with it. This line is sad and poignant although it is represented by a happy, joyful symbol - the sun. Each poem has its own individual view of death. "Mid-Term Break" is a heart-breaking poem with a very negative approach to death whereas "In Memory of my Mother" and "Because I could not stop for Death..." have quite optimistic views of death. "Mid-Term Break" is very negative when compared to the other poems as it is about the tragic death of a young family member, "In Memory of my Mother" is also about the loss of a family member it is not seen to be a tragedy as the person died of old age. While these two poems are written about the poets precious experiences, "Because I could not stop for Death" is a view on what the poet thinks happens after death and is optimistic as it talks about Immortality and Eternity. "In Memory of My Mother" reminisces of the deceased as if she was still alive. ...read more.

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