Preview
Preview

The Way Poets Present Ideas of Death and Loss in Mid-Term Break, On the Train, On My First Sonne and The Affliction of Margaret

Missing Works Cited
Length: 1143 words (3.3 double-spaced pages)
Rating: Yellow      
Open Document
Need writing help? Check your paper »



- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

The Way Poets Present Ideas of Death and Loss in Mid-Term Break, On the Train, On My First Sonne and The Affliction of Margaret
Works Cited Missing

In the poems 'Mid-Term Break' by Seamus Heaney, 'On The Train' by
Gillian Clarke, 'On My First Sonne' by Ben Jonson and 'The Affliction
of Margaret' by William Wordsworth, all of the poets convey a loss or
death, experienced by either the poet themselves, or other people too.
In 'Mid-Term Break', Seamus Heaney experiences the loss of his younger
brother (he is four years old: 'a four foot coffin, a foot for every
year'). In 'On The Train', Gillian Clarke writes about the Paddington
rail crash, on 5th October 1999 in which 31 people were killed and
over 500 injured. In 'On My First Sonne', Ben Jonson writes about the
death of his son, who died as a result of the plague on his 7th
birthday in 1603. In 'The Affliction of Margaret' Wordsworth writes
about a woman in despair because she does not know where her son is.

In Mid-Term Break, Heaney writes about the death of his younger
brother. It is a realistic poem as it represents a true event that has
actually happened in Heaney's life. The title 'Mid-Term Break'
suggests a period of absentness from school, and it is, because of the
death of his younger brother. He has to wait in the College Sick Bay,
where he is later picked up by his neighbours; and he is unaware of
the death, all he knows is that there has been an accident. Heaney
immediately creates a sombre tone: 'Counting bells knelling classes to
a close'. Heaney uses 'knelling' here instead of 'ringing' and this
suggests a death; but also immediately sets the poem in a sombre tone.
Heaney...


... middle of paper ...


... The four poems convey death and loss, or both. 'Mid-Term Break' by
Seamus Heaney is about the death of Heaney's four year old brother,
and the loss of the entire family. Heaney uses sombre language to set
the poem in a sombre tone, and to suggest a feeling of loss and death.
In 'On The Train' by Gillian Clarke, Clarke writes about The
Paddington Rail Crash on 5th October 1999 and the extreme loss felt by
the families of those who perished. In 'On My First Sonne', a short
poem of love and grief, the author, Ben Jonson, writes about how he
feels love and grief after the death of his seven year old son. In
'The Affliction of Margaret' by William Wordsworth, Wordsworth writes
about a woman who does not know where her son is, and is unsure if he
is dead, in a cell or dungeon, drowned in a sunken ship or lost in a
desert.


Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »







This essay is 100% guaranteed.