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Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney - review

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English Homework Elin Nixon Mid-Term Break Looking first at the poem written by Seamus Heaney it portrays a very powerful and clear message. I guess that it is set in Ireland, he gives clues of this throughout the poem and as he is originally from Ireland I think that it is a safe presumption to make. Mid-Term break an incredibly sad poem. In Mid term break Seamus Heaney's tells of the tragic death of his younger brother, who was sadly killed. Seamus Heaney describes in the poem of what he did that day when he's younger brother was killed. The stanza begins with the "morning" in line one, but it is two o'clock in line three, showing that hour have passed in waiting. The second stanza begins with the image of Heaney's father "crying". Heaney's father appears to be a strong man of few words, so having him crying causes a powerful emotion in the reader. The effect that his father crying has on Heaney is also written, he says how his father had 'Always taken funerals in his stride' this gives the clear message that this funeral is different, devastating for even the seemingly stronger members of Heaney's family. Heaney skilfully takes the reader with him as he enters the house through the porch as we meet his father; "Big Jim Evans"; the baby in its pram; ...read more.


The words "paler now", hang at the end of the stanza on line 18, causing a sad pause before the sentence continues. He writes of the '...poppy bruise.' This is important, a poppy represents peace but also death. Strongly linked with the loss in War it relates to both peace, and death. Although his brother was killed innocently in his youth he is now at peace. The final line stands out of the rest of the poem. Almost every word is special so that the reader must take in the line's message and the shock and deep grief that the family must have felt. There is shock for the reader reading it for the first time also, when they that he was only four years old. In the final line Heaney plays on words, 'Four foot' and 'Foot for' a clever and blunt way to end the poem. I believe that a poem such as this must have a sudden ending that lingers in the readers mind, something that makes them stop and think, Heaney, I think does this perfectly. The poem 'Catrin' seems to be the most contemporary of them all; I feel that I am able to relate to the issues raised in this poem more so than in any of the others. ...read more.


He cannot answer this question, simply saying "Rest in soft peace" and asking that the child, or perhaps the grave, record that his son was Jonson's "best piece of poetry," the creation of which he was most proud. He concludes by vowing that from now on he will be more careful with those he loves; he will be wary of liking and so needing them too much. The poem is a moving exploration of a father's feelings on the loss of his son, made all the more poignant by the difference between its affectionate, resigned tone and Jonson's usually satirical and biting comic voice. All these poems explore the relationships between loved ones. Whether it be between two brothers, mother and daughter of father and son they are all powerful in how they write and describe the different bonds between them. 'Mid-Term Break' and 'On my first Sonne' perhaps have more in common than they do with Catrin. They talk deeply about the confusion of mixed emotions of blame, anger, guilt and relief felt suffered at the death of a loved one. The author of 'Catrin' however writes about losing a loved one by other means. She writes on how she feels her daughter slowly drifting away as age 'tightens' the 'red rope of love' that ties them together. All of the discussed poems are emotional and touching and in them all the poets feelings are clear and strong. ...read more.

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