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Two poems "Mid- Term Break" by Seamus Heaney and "Remembrance" by Emily Bronte.

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Introduction

Poetry Coursework Death is inevitable we know it is going to happen but deep down we never expect it to touch us, and when it does we can see how it affects us and those close to us, it also gives us better understanding of life and how short it really is. Death links the two poems "Mid- Term Break" by Seamus Heaney and "Remembrance" by Emily Bronte together. Both poems are about the death of loved ones. "Mid-Term break" is about the death of Heaney's younger brother. The poem portrays a lot about Heaney's background to the reader, a humble but educated farmers son. His language throughout the poem is deceptively simple and invested with a lot of heart felt meaning. The title "Mid-Term break" suggests that this poem has an element of joy and conveys no link that the poem is actually about death and loss: "I sat all morning in the cottage sick bay, counting bells knelling classes to a close" Heaney's child hood experience of death is described very vividly throughout this poem, as he gives the reader an immediate sense of the fears, hope and pain entrust upon him in childhood. ...read more.

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Heaney concealed his emotions and feelings through out the poem. He didn't tell us how the death affected him, or if he ever learned to accept it. Maybe by writing a poem about it was his way of acceptance and also a tribute and memory to his little brother. Emily Bronte was a 19th century poet. She wrote "Remembrance" as a tribute to her loved one who passed away. The poem opens with a long drawn out line "Cold in the earth and the deep snow piled over thee" When we see the word "Thee" we can see straight away that it was not written in modern times. In the second line Bronte repeats the word "Cold" this could be to emphasize that he is actually dead and buried then she doubts herself. "Have I forgot my only love, to love thee." Similar to Heaney's poem this indicates that she is writing the poem long after the death. Already the reader can see the poet is becoming more physically and emotionally involved with the poem than Heaney did. She also describes how they are separated by time and distance, and feels cut off from her loved one." ...read more.

Conclusion

Bronte doesn't seem to be able to move on from her lovers death while Heaney seems to have got on with his life, and learned to live with the death of his little brother, Bronte yearns to stay in the same mode of discontentment. In the concluding stanza Bronte recalls how she stopped crying, and slowly "weaned" her young soul from "yearning" after him. Towards the end of the poem I feel the poet is in two minds about her feelings. She is depressed and crying over her dead lover, but then again she sees how she must move on. I feel the phrase "Rapturous pain" is very appropriate, because I associate rapturous with happy thoughts , not pain this clearly shows the mixed emotions of the poet. She is certainly very confused and relies on words to show how love can confuse and stir up our emotions turning order into confusion. In conclusion I feel that Bronte has got entangled in the past again. There is an obvious feeling that the poet has not come to an acceptance of her loss, where as Heaney shows little personal emotions, his words are very well understated, his emotions were kept tightly under control. ...read more.

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