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In 'Mid-Term Break, Heaney writes about death and loss. Compare the way Clarke and the Pre 1914 poets write about death.

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Introduction

In 'Mid-Term Break, Heaney writes about death and loss. Compare the way Clarke and the Pre 1914 poets write about death. 'The Field Mouse' by Gillian Clarke is about death and loss because it is about war. Thousands of people died and lots of families had to deal with the loss of their close ones. The war that was being talked about in the poem was a response to the fighting in Bosnia. This was happening in the 1990's. Gillian makes it obvious that the poem is about war, death and loss. She uses certain words and phrases that represent the war. The first image that the reader gets from this poem is sunny and warm. It starts with, 'summer'. This quotes sets the scene for the poem and it is talking about one of the terms that we have in the year. Summer is the warmest term in the year and Gillian wants the reader to feel happy at the start of the poem. At the end of the first line it says, 'snare drum'. This means military drum and it is an imagery of the war. ...read more.

Middle

'When I came in, and I was embarrassed'. The reason why he was embarrassed was because he didn't have a clue what was happening. The after that it says, 'old men standing up to shake my hand'. The boy feels ashamed because he feels that older people are showing him respect, when normally younger people are meant to show respect to older people. The boy is tensed up at this moment and doesn't know what to do. In the forth stanza, the old men says to the boy, 'sorry for my trouble'. In reality, you're not allowed to say or talk about death because it ill upset the other person. So the older men are trying not to mention death to the young boy, as it is rude. At the end of stanza 4, the boy's mother is being mention and introduced. In stanza 5, it describes his mother's actions as, 'angry tearless sighs'. This shows that she is shocked, angry and grieved about the whole situation. The line after that, the subject changes about people's feelings. It goes and mentions about the time and ambulance straight away. ...read more.

Conclusion

He is saying that his son is the best thing he has ever done. The last two lines of the poem explains that he doesn't want to be hurt ever again in such a horrible way. The way Ben Jonson uses his language is by using elegy, which I have mentioned before. I really did enjoy reading this poem because it was sweet of the father thinking about his son that much. The poem was sad, but that was because the father did lose his son, especially at such a young age. If you look and compare each of the four poems, then you will notice that there is a huge difference. The field Mouse is about man destroying nature. Mid-Term Break is about emotions and feelings. The Man he killed is about guilty conscience. On my Sonne is about God and regret. The similarity of each poem when combined together is that all poems experience death and loss. The field mouse is angry at the fact that the mouse has died. Mid-Term Break upset, lost and angry about the fact that his brother has died. The Man he killed regrets killing his enemy and knows that he has lost fate. On my Sonne is very upsetting that the father misses his son, and wishes that he were still alive. ...read more.

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