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How effective is the poet’s use of language in Seamus Heaney’s ‘Mid-Term Break’?

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How effective is the poet's use of language in Seamus Heaney's `Mid-Term Break'? The poet, Seamus Heaney,started to become famous suring the Victorian era and through his success in modern society has continued to grow in popularity ever since. For his works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth he won a nobel laureate in Literature. One of his most famous works is the poem, "Mid-Term Break'. This poem is about a boy who explains his experience, when a close member of his family dies. The author explains what the boy is feeling through the funeral. When I first saw this title I was not expecting it to be about a funeral because a lot of people relate this kind of title to being good. A mid-term break is a time, which a lot of children look forward to, as it is the end of school for a short while. It indicates a term being broken in half, a time of relaxation and enjoying the time of school. It indicates a break, but the poem is nothing about that. It indicates a sad period for the people involved and when they should be having fun, instead they are grieving for the death of a family member. ...read more.


The poet has used words like cooed because these are the kind of noises a baby makes and it makes the reader feel like they are in the room. These words emphasize what the poet is trying to show. The boy is not of a mature age and does not know how to respond to the men who greet him: "and I was embarrassed by old men standing up to shake my hand" This shows that the boy does not know how to respond to the men as they give there sympathy and respect by shaking his hand. He feels uncomfortable by this and shows he is not very experienced in life thus he is not that old. The fourth stanza carries on from the third stanza and shows that he does not know how to respond to the men: "And tell me they were "were sorry for my trouble,"" This shows the boy does not know how to respond to the men and does not understand properly what is going on. The silence in the poem is broken again in the second line when whispers start to happen. ...read more.


The poet's use of language in this line is very well done and planned out. The author's language in this poem is very powerful and he uses a different approach to make the poem more powerful. The poet tries to make you think you are there and are going through the same thing as the boy is going through. At the start of the poem you look at the title and straight away you think of good things and you think the poem is going to be enjoyable to read, this is ho Seamus Heaney fools you and this shows you that you shouldn't take things for granted. At the start of the poem the poet puts himself in the boys shoes and describes the poem, as he is the boy. In the poem time is an important theme as it goes over two days. time is linear in the poem. It shows that the boy was too young to know what was going on properly but the adults did not know, straight away how to greet the boy and give their sympathy. This mid-term break was not a normal mid-term break and was a depressing one for the family. Normally you would relate it to relaxing but for the boy's family, it was it was a time of grieving. ...read more.

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