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Introduction

"Mid Term Break" critical evaluation "Mid Term Break," is a poem written by Seamus Heaney which has the mood of sorrow. The poem has a very sorrowful mood which is created by using a number of poetic techniques. "Mid Term Break" is about the death of his younger brother Christopher at which he was four years old when he was killed in a car accident. At which the sorrowful mood highlights the metaphorical and literal journey. Heaney uses a lot of poetic techniques to highlight the sorrowful mood which is created and not only in the poem itself but the title. "Mid Term Break," is ironic because the break is described as a happy break as "Mid Term" is with the "Break" which highlights the break being happy. ...read more.

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stride-" When Heaney writes this, he understands that his father is crying as he can usually stay in control of his emotions when there is a funeral but he is crying because it was his son Christopher. However in stanza three "The baby cooed and laughed," shows the paradox between the father and the baby. This comparison confuses Heaney even further because the baby is happy but his father is in emotional distress. However the baby is unaware of the surrounding distress and this is the reason of the happiness of the baby. Heaney uses a very effective technique to show the emotional state of his mother: "Away at school, as my mother held my hand in hers and coughed out angry tearless sighs." ...read more.

Conclusion

However the sorrowful mood which was created in the first line of the poem has stayed right through from beginning to end of the poem and the last line shows this when Heaney writes "A four foot box, a foot for every year." This is very effective and uses a technique called monosyllabic. Although the last sentence is not all monosyllabic it is almost with only one word not monosyllabic. However this is clear to the reader that it is actually meant to be there. Overall, it is clear that the mood of the sorrow is clearly created in "Mid Term Break," by Seamus Heaney. Heaney's pain is highlighted throughout the poem and by using all the poetic techniques examined, including symbolism and effective word choice, shows the emotional states of Heaney and his parents. ...read more.

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