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'Mid-term Break' Seamus Heaney Often poetry describes a significant event. Choose such a poem and write about its effectiveness in communicating this event. 'Mid-term Break' by Seamus Heaney is about a boy who is away at school when his little brother gets hit by a car and dies. The poem talks you through him being brought home by his neighbours, not knowing what is going on and then put in this uncomfortable situation. This poem is good at describing a significant event, you are not told what is going on straight away so you keen on reading and it helps you see how Seamus felt when he didn't know what was going on. The title 'Mid-term Break' makes you think of good, happy times because a mid-term break is a holiday in the middle of a term. The feeling of the opening stanza is quite sad. Seamus chooses his words carefully to show this, he uses words like "knelling" to describe how the bells were ringing: "I sat all morning in the college sick bay Counting bells knelling ...read more.


This was difficult for Seamus when he was a young boy because he was not used to the older men showing his lot of respect. The effect this has on him is that he seems very uncomfortable and embarrassed in this situation. "When I came in, and I was embarrassed By old men standing up to shake my hand" This shows that Seamus felt uncomfortable with all this attention from the older men. The baby's reaction seems quite harsh and hard hitting. This shows that the baby was excited to see Seamus and that he is unaware what has happened. He doesn't know that his reaction is inappropriate. This has been placed at this point in the poem to show the innocence of youth and to compare it to how the father is reacting: "The baby cooed and laughed and rocked the pram When I came in, and I was embarrassed" This shows that the innocent baby doesn't understand that is was a sad occasion and that that reaction was inappropriate. ...read more.


He uses word choice to show this. By using "the corpse" in stead of his brother's name he is avoiding believing that his little brother is dead. This seems quite nasty and impersonal but it helps Seamus avoid believing that he is dead. The used of understatement in the poem has a great effect because it shows that he was really hurt by what happened and that many years latter it still effects him in such a way. The last line of the poem is hard hitting it makes it all real. He controls his emotion well and tries to come to senses about what happened. Seamus puts this event across extremely well as you really get to see how him and his family were feeling at the time. In this poem, Seamus Heaney describes a tragic significant event in his past. By using various techniques he describes this event powerfully, allowing the reader to share his experience. I think that Seamus wrote this poem well and he definitely described how this event affected him well by using great word choice. ...read more.

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