• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'My first Sonne' and 'Mid Term Break'

Extracts from this document...


Azadhassan M K Gulamali English Literature- Poetry 'My first Sonne' and 'Mid Term Break' In this essay I will be comparing and commenting on the poems 'My first Sonne', by Ben Johnson and 'Mid Term Break' by Seamus Heaney. These poems are all a reflection on a close relative's death and portray the poet's emotions, feelings and thoughts. However while Ben Johnson loses a son Seamus Heaney loses a brother, from these poems we see two different types of emotions. Mid term break is an autobiographical poem written by Seamus Heaney when thinking back about the death of his little brother. 'My first Sonne' is also autobiographical, but is about the death of Ben Johnson's seven year old son. ...read more.


I think both poems have straight forward meaning- we see Benn Johnson trying to create meaning in his poem for why his son died. Ben Johnson blames himself for loving his child too much, even though we know that infant mortality was high at this point. Johnson does not take into mind the context of the time he was living in. Structure is important in poems as it affects the rhythm and the tone, this could affect the whole meaning of a poem. Mid- Term Break and My first Sonne have very different structures. Mid term break has seven three line stanzas, followed by a single line stanza which ends the poem. ...read more.


To me it is as if Ben Johnson has written this poem soon after the death of his son and the change of mood reflects on the cooling of Johnson's mind. I think that if Johnson had created two stanzas the poem would be slightly more effective. Language in the poems does not only help set the context but also helps the poets express their emotions and feelings. From the diction used in the poems we can tell the mood of the poet and what he or she is feeling. Mid Term Break, written not long ago has a very basic and normal use of lexis with some odd words- but it does not capture your attention immediately. My first Sonne is written in 1616 and is in old English, however if it was translated today the poem would be harsh and bitter. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Seamus Heaney section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Seamus Heaney essays

  1. Mother - son relationship

    The fifth sonnet is once again a metaphorical reflection of ambivalent tensions and paradoxes between mother and the son: 'The cool that came off sheets just off the line Made me think the damp must still be in them But when I took my corners of the linen And pulled

  2. C/W Comparing The Poems; On My First Sonne, ...

    Perhaps their motive was to build curiosity? It could also, perhaps have been to make an overwhelming grief more manageable. I personally find that the latter is most comprehendible, at such an emotional time the last thing you want to do is remind yourself of the hurt and the suffering.

  1. Choose any two poems you feel have common theme (or themes). Write about them ...

    I deeply sympathise with him - we must keep in mind that losing a family member at any period in life can be traumatic, but losing a loved one when you're a child is one hundred times worse, and the loss of Seamus Heaney's younger brother is no exception.

  2. Compare and contrast the poems 'Death of a Son', 'Mid-Term Break' and 'Remember' - ...

    "Father forgive them" was what Jesus asked before he died, and Silkin's son asks for his father's forgiveness at his death - all these opening parallels between his son's death and Jesus'. Silkin leaves important aspects out, like the mother and the name of this child.

  1. Mid Term Break Evaluation

    a funeral, a time of mourning however the baby is unaware of this which gives off a great sense of innocence .This makes Heaney realise that his brother should not be dead but should be joyful and carefree like the baby.

  2. Using the four poems; 'Song of the old mother' by William Butler Yeats, 'On ...

    The spade is a symbol for Heany's routes, while the pen is a symbol for his trade and the power of his writing. The poet explains the admiration towards his father and grandfather. In the beginning of the poem Heany was not proud of his occupation, however at the end

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work