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Poetry Comparison of Out, Out- by Robert Frost and Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney

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Carley Jones 11N English - Mrs Astley Poetry Comparison of Out, Out- by Robert Frost and Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney This comparison compares the two poems, 'Out, Out-' by an American poet, Robert Frost and 'Mid-Term Break' by Seamus Heaney, an Irish poet. The themes of both poems is the death of a child. Even though they are both about the death of a child, they still differ quite a lot. Mid-Term Break is written as first person perspective and autobiographical by the eldest brother whereas, Out,Out- is third person narrative. Another difference between the two poems is that in Out, Out- the boy is alive in the beginning of the poem but dies throughout it - the poem is about him dying but in Mid-Term Break, the boy is already dead and you witness the happenings of after his death. ...read more.


The both oems are set at the homes of the boys who have passed away. Out, Out- is set in America in the middle of nowhere in the 1920's. Mid-Term Break seems to be set in a small town as there is a large number of people at the funeral who don't know the eldest brother. This gives the impression that they live someweherre that is larger than a village as everyone knows each other in a village. Mid-Term Break is set in the 1950's. Out, Out- is set only at one scene, the scene where the boy cuts off his hand unlike Mid-Term Break which is set at three different places, the college sick bay, at home with his gfamily and strangers and in the room where the corpse lay. ...read more.


As Mid-Term Break is about Seamus Heaney's younger brother, he is writing about how he feels and not how he thinks he'd feel it that event occurred. Heaney knows how it feels and knows how people react in different, and sometimes strange ways. In Out, Out-,Robert Frost is third person narrative and is talking about the accident as if he was an onlooker to the event. Whereas Seamus Heaney is first person narrative and is talking about the happenings after the tragic event as they took place. Robert Frosts poem, 'Out,Out-' is very effective for various reasons. The title is from one of William Shakespeares plays, MacBeth, when MacBeth learns about his wife's death, he is talking aobut how he feels about the tragedy he uses the words 'Out, Out-' which is the title of the poem. Through ...read more.

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