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Séamus Heaney's Mid-Term Break - Séamus Heaney's Mid-Term Break Séamus Heaney's "Mid-Term Break" is among the few poems that have emotionally moved me. The writer uses many techniques including similes, metaphors and beautiful lexical choice to convey the sombre and miserable situation of his brother's death. In this essay I am going to analyse the language of the poem and discuss, in more detail, the techniques used to convey the real sadness of the situation. "Mid-Term Break" is a very emotive poem in which Séamus Heaney reflects on the untimely demise of his little brother Christopher and explains what was going through his mind at that time....   [tags: Mid Term Break Seamus Heaney] 1865 words
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Analysis of Heaney's Mid-Term Break - Analysis of Heaney's Mid-Term Break   Reading a story or poem about death is usually sad and overtly predictable.  However, Seamus Heaney inverts this mundane typicality to deliver a poem shrouded in mystery.  The main aspects of Heaney's poem  Mid-Term Break  are the plot development and how the diction sets the somber tone that slowly reveals the mystery.     One technique Heaney uses is diction, which aids in plot development.  In the first stanza he uses words that draw out the stanza and make it seem to last a long time.  In the first line the use of the word  all  drags out the line.  The sense of time is apparent in this first stanza.  The second line,  Counting bells knelling classes to a close,  uses words that describe him listening and counting the bells that signal when class is out.  This use of description emphasizes or supports the preceding line;  I sat all morning in the college sick bay.   Finally the reader is given a time,  At two o clock our neighbors drove me home.   The fact that the neighbors drove him home makes the reader question why that is the case.  Up to this point the reader is not aware that a death in the family is the reason the boy is coming home.  It could be that the boy himself is sick.  In the second stanza the boy is home and sees his father crying.   The reader now knows that someone died, but who is still a mystery.  The use of dashes at the end of the first two lines of the second stanza aids in lengthening the stanza similarly to the first stanza but in a more somber way.  The pause after his father is crying gives the reader a taste of what is happening.  Then the dash after  funerals in his stride,  gives a pause to really bring about a somber tone.  The last line of the third stanza,  And Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow,  gives a slight bit of foreshadowing as to what happened but also shows sympathy from friends....   [tags: Heaney Mid-Term Break Poem Poetry Essays] 1053 words
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Analysis of Heaney's Poem "Mid-Term Break" - Mid-term Break at first glance, seems to be a fairly simple, straight forward poem, in the way that (at first) it seems to lack emotion and has a child-like quality and feel; but as you read on, you notice various elements and techniques that Heaney has subtly incorporated into the poem to make you think otherwise. In fact, this poem is very cleverly written and is extremely emotional. Heaney uses a range of really effective techniques. Because there is no rhyme and lack of rhythm the poem flows more and seems more natural, enjambment also makes the poem flow easily between lines and stanzas....   [tags: poetry, mid-term break]
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Death and Grief in Mid-Term Break - Death and Grief in Mid-Term Break In the poem Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney, the ideas of death, trauma, grief and finality are explored. The poem itself is as haunting as it is brilliantly executed. The poem depicts a boy arriving home from boarding school, to where he is informed of the tragic death of his younger brother, whose doomed fate indelibly marks the narrator, whom is the boy’s older brother. The boy recounts the experience of losing a loved one. The author has incorporated many elements and style in a subtle and distinct manner....   [tags: Mid-Term Break Essays] 723 words
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A Comparison of Seamus Heaney's Mid-Term Break and Digging - A Comparison of Seamus Heaney's Mid-Term Break and Digging I am comparing two poems by Seamus Heaney- `Mid-Term Break` and `Digging`. Both of the poems are written about his childhood and his family. The first poem I analysed was `Mid-Term Break`, where the simple and straight forward title `Break` caught my attention suggesting to me that this poem is going to be a positive experience, a break from work, a time to relax. The commencing stanza, the first line reads, ?I sat all morning in the college sick bay?, which has connotation of depression, illness and suffering suggested from the word `sick`....   [tags: Seamus Heaney Break Digging Poems Essays] 2070 words
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The Theme Of Death In Mid-Term Break And The Early Purges - The Theme Of Death In Mid-Term Break And The Early Purges The Irish poet Seamus Heaney is renowned for evoking his very personal experiences and feelings throughout his poetry. He frequently calls upon those experiences from his childhood to support his adult feelings over given topics and circumstances. The two poems Mid-Term Break and Early Purges both present two very personal experiences of Heaney's surrounding his juvenile experiences of death. Both poems combine a variation of techniques in miscellaneous manners to present such views....   [tags: Papers Mid Term Break Early Essays] 895 words
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Seamus Heaney's Mid-Term Break - Midterm Break Interp “Mid-Term Break” Seamus Heaney’s “Mid-Term Break” is an extremely tear-jerking poem. The story begins and ends in a very depressing manner, while in between we are treated to a very vivid and blunt view of life and how it can all come to an abrupt end. While “Mid-Term Break” does use death to grab at the reader’s heart strings, the story is most likely a description of life in Heaney’s native Northern Ireland, not Heaney’s life, but a very general view of life in Northern Ireland, how it can all come to a screeching halt at the hands of others and for no apparent reason....   [tags: essays papers] 1190 words
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Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney - Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney Looking first at the poem written by Seamus Heaney it portrays a very powerful and clear message. I guess that it is set in Ireland, he gives clues of this throughout the poem and as he is originally from Ireland I think that it is a safe presumption to make. Mid-Term break an incredibly sad poem. In Mid term break Seamus Heaney's tells of the tragic death of his younger brother, who was sadly killed. Seamus Heaney describes in the poem of what he did that day when he's younger brother was killed....   [tags: Papers] 1242 words
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Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney. - Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney. 'Mid-Term Break' by the poet Seamus Heaney is about a personal experience that he has encountered. It deals with the issues of life and death in a family and also how different people cope. The title at first suggests that the poem is going to be about a holiday, but as you get into the poem further, you realise that the title has a far deeper and darker meaning... In the first stanza, we learn that Seamus Heaney is in a college sick bay waiting to be picked up. You get suspicious when he is being picked up his neighbour, which could indicate that something serious has happened....   [tags: English Literature] 919 words
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Mid Term Break by Seumas Heaney - Mid Term Break by Seumas Heaney The title of the poem is deliberately deceptive because the phrase 'Mid Term Break' suggests a term-time holiday, which is normally a happy occasion. In reality, the meaning of the title is considerably less cheerful as, later in the poem, we learn that Heaney's younger brother has died. Therefore, the word 'break' in the title refers to a break in the family. In the first stanza, we are immediately aware that there is tragedy underlying the poem....   [tags: Papers] 927 words
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Mid-term Break by Seamus Heaney - Mid-term Break by Seamus Heaney I sat all morning in the college sick bay Counting bells knelling classes to a close. At two o'clock our neighbors drove me home. In the porch I met my father crying-- He had always taken funerals in his stride-- And Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow. The baby cooed and laughed and rocked the pram When I came in, and I was embarrassed By old men standing up to shake my hand And tell me they were "sorry for my trouble," Whispers informed strangers I was the eldest, Away at school, as my mother held my hand In hers and coughed out angry tearless sighs....   [tags: Papers] 620 words
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The Lesson and Mid-term Break - Introduction to The Lesson and Mid-term Break "The Lesson" tells the story of a 10 year old boy who has lost his father in the duration of school time. It goes on the say he's trapped and although he feels grief for the death of his father he realises that he can use the death to "bind the bullies' fist". "Mid-Term Break" is about the loss of a brother. It goes on to say that life goes on even though he has lost his brother and he witnesses things he does not normally experience (his father crying)....   [tags: English Literature] 1855 words
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Free Essay on Frost’s Out, out and Mid Term Break - The Fragility of Life in Frost’s Out, out and Mid Term Break   The poem “Out, out” by Robert Frost is a poem about a young boy who uses a buzz saw.  When fate decides the boy’s time is up, the saw cuts the boy’s hand, and the boy slowly dies. The theme of “Out, out”, as well as “Mid Term Break”, is the fragility of life.   “Out, out”, like “Mid-Term Break” focuses on the issue of God’s randomness in choosing who lives and who doesn’t. This fragility is emphasized, as the title of the poem is a line from the play Macbeth, “Out, out brief candle, life is but a walking shadow.” This way of portraying life as a candle, gives the impression that whoever guards this candle could just as easily blow it out, at any time, any place and just as sudden....   [tags: term out] 1841 words
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Heaney's Childhood Memories in Poems Mid-Term Break and Follower - Heaney's Childhood Memories in Poems Mid-Term Break and Follower Seamus Heaney is an established Irish poet who was born on April 13th 1939. He was the oldest of nine children and was brought up on a remote farm in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He has a lot of typically Irish memories which he includes in his poems. The three main memories that he brings up in the two poems 'Mid-Term Break and 'Follower' are the death of his brother Christopher, farm life and breaking the family tradition....   [tags: Papers] 2374 words
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Strongman by Tony Curtis and Mid-term break by Seamus Heaney - Strongman by Tony Curtis and Mid-term break by Seamus Heaney deal with the subject death of a family member. Compare both poems showing how the poets introduce their subjects. Which poem did you prefer and why. One of the poets, Tony Curtis, is Welsh, whilst, Seamus Heaney is Irish. Seamus Heaney has grown up on a farm in Northern Ireland with his brothers and his parents. The whole family has taken on the family business of farming, while Seamus Heaney received an education. Both poets are still alive today....   [tags: English Literature] 1223 words
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Comparing Seamus Heaney Poems Follower, Mid-term Break, and Digging - In this essay I will be comparing three Seamus Heaney poems we looked at in class these are called, “Follower”, “Mid-term Break” and, “Digging”. There are differences as well as similarities, the similarities include: they are all poems about and set in Seamus’ childhood memories In addition, all the poems more or less use some of the same poetic devices and techniques like: onomatopoeia and some of the same characters appear in all three poems such as like: Seamus (himself obviously) and his father....   [tags: essays research papers] 3939 words
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Comparison of We Are Seven by William Wordsworth and Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney - Comparison of We Are Seven by William Wordsworth and Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney William Wordsworth was a defining member of the English Romantic Movement. As we can see from reading his poem, his personality and love of nature is conveyed. Wordsworth was probably inspired from his upbringing and most of his mature life living in the Lake District with picturesque landscapes influencing a true love of nature. Some describe Wordsworth as a profoundly earnest and sincere thinker who displays a high seriousness tempered with tenderness and a love of simplicity....   [tags: Papers] 535 words
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Heaney's Mid-Term Break, Clarke's Baby Sitting and Jonson's On My First - Heaney's Mid-Term Break, Clarke's Baby Sitting and Jonson's On My First Sonne all deal with unhappy reflections about human loss, isolation distress and the harsh reality of life. The poems concerned in this essay mirror notions of human importance and bonds. Heaney's 'Mid-Term Break', Clarke's 'Baby Sitting' and Jonson's 'On My First Sonne' all deal with unhappy reflections about human loss, isolation distress and the harsh reality of life. All of these poems are written in first person narrative voice, with honest blunt diction, allowing us to understand their pain by the relation some people have with the issues raised in each of the poems....   [tags: English Literature] 754 words
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Out-Out by Robert Frost and Mid Term Break by Seamus Heaney - Analyse the two poems Out-Out by Robert Frost and Mid Term Break by Seamus Heaney by paying particular attention to the similarities between the two poems 'Out-Out' was written by Robert Frost who was an American poet born in 1874. He moved to the New Englandfarm country, where most of his poems were inspired. 'Mid Term Break' was written by Seamus Heaney, who was born on a farm in county Londonderry in Northern Ireland. The two poems are very similar and are both about the deaths of a young child, one about a boy who loses his hand whilst using a buzz saw; unfortunately, he also loses his life....   [tags: English Literature] 1302 words
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My first Sonne and Mid Term Break - 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....   [tags: English Literature] 803 words
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Compare “Out, Out” and Mid-Term Break - In this essay I am going to compare two poems. “Out, Out” by Robert Frost a rural-American poet and Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney, an Irish poet. Both of these poems are based on child deaths. The title “Out, Out” is part of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. “Out, Out Brief Candle”. This coincides with the storyline of the poem, Child Deaths, because ‘brief candle’ implies that the candle went out nearly straight away. So this coincides with the poem because there is a death of a child, therefore the death is like a ‘brief candle’....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 1861 words
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Comparison of Mid-Term Break, The Field Mouse, and On My First Sonne - Comparison of Mid-Term Break, The Field Mouse, and On My First Sonne The above poems are written by 3 different people and on reading them they seem to be about very different things. But at heart, they are about death and the pain that appears afterwards. Seamus Heaney's Mid-Term Break is a memory of his four-year-old brother's death. Gillian Clarke's The Field Mouse is about death in a political conflict compared to a death in nature. Finally On My First Sonne by Ben Johnson is about the death of his son and the religious view of the situation....   [tags: Poems Poetry Seamus Heaney Essays] 831 words
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The two poems I am going to compare are Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney - The two poems I am going to compare are Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney and Death Be Not Proud by John Donne. The first poem I am going to study is a poem by Seamus Heaney called Mid-Term Break. Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry into a farming background. He attended St. Columb’s College in Derry where he was a border. Heaney went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The poet’s title Mid-Term Break is somewhat ambiguous as it would suggest a holiday of some sort, whereas, the poem is actually about the death of Heaney’s young brother who was killed in a tragic accident....   [tags: English Literature] 1432 words
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How Do You Respond To Mid-Term Break? What techniques does Heaney use? - How Do You Respond To Mid-Term Break. What techniques does Heaney use. Having read the title Mid-Term Break, I assumed that the poem Having read the title ‘Mid-Term Break’, I assumed that the poem was about a student’s holiday abroad or something similar, however as I progressed through reading the play, I realized that it had a different meaning. The poem has a very deceiving title, a mid-term break is supposed to be a joyous time of holiday but here Heaney must deal with the death of a family member....   [tags: English Literature] 750 words
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Seamus Heaney's Poems - Seamus Heaney's Poems Heaney was born on April 13 1939. He was the eldest of nine children. In modern day society it is common to have 2 or 3 children, and to have eight or nine children is considered very unusual. Heaney lived on the family farm, Mossbawn, about thirty miles northwest of Belfast, in County Derry. The majority of UK residents live in urban areas, and a small minority live in rural areas. It used to be more popular in the past to live in a rural area. People in rural areas live, and have lived, in a totally different culture to that of the people in urban, industrialized areas....   [tags: Seamus Heaney Poetry Poets Essays] 4016 words
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Mid-Term Break - Seamus Heaney On my first Sonne - Ben Jonson Which - Mid-Term Break - Seamus Heaney On my first Sonne - Ben Jonson Which poem expresses the experience of grief best. On my first Sonne is a very direct way of expressing the grief that occurs when a child in the family dies. It is about the feelings that Ben Jonson goes through, and the poem describes his emotions and thoughts in detail. On the other hand, Mid-Term Break uses indirect ways to portray grief, by describing events that happen after the death. "Farewell, thou child". On my first Sonne openly addresses the deceased boy in the poem....   [tags: English Literature] 811 words
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Seamus Heaney's Background and Poetry - Seamus Heaney's Background and Poetry Seamus Heaney had a Roman Catholic upbringing in a rural area of Northern Ireland. How does his poetry reflect his background. Heaney's poetry is able to reflect his background by his use of language and the technique he expresses his experiences. I will cover his background into three sections: his childhood, the community and his reflections. I will start by looking at his feelings and experiences in the poem 'Death of a Naturalist'. The poet remembers the time when he was a young child....   [tags: Seamus Heaney Poets Poems Essays] 3054 words
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Compare and Contrast ‘On my fist Sonne’ and ‘Mid Term Break’ - Both of these poems have many similarities in their content. They both have a relationship status in the poems. The author writes about his son as he is the father. The father thinks he has done a sin, a sin that god didn’t like. These two poems have relationships in which they incorporated to the author’s life. In ‘On My First Sonne’ this poem has a father son relationship in which the father ponders on the fact that GOD has took his son which is explained in the second line “My sin was too much hope of thee, lov’d boy.” This brings us to the conclusion that this poem has a religious view and can relate to as the date ‘1572-1637’ was in a different era where many of the citizens were very religious people....   [tags: compare/contrast, poetry] 807 words
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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 - 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')....   [tags: Papers] 1143 words
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Seamus Heaney - Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney was born in April 1939 in Northern Ireland. His father owned and worked fifty acres of farmland in County Derry in N.I. Patrick Heaney had always been committed to cattle-dealing. Seamus’ parents died quite early in his life and so his uncle had to take care of him from then on. Heaney grew up as a country boy and attended the local primary school. When he was twelve he won a scholarship to St. Columb’s College, a catholic boarding school situated in the city of Derry....   [tags: Writers Poets Poetry Essays] 622 words
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Seamus Heaney's Portrayal of Pain and Suffering - Seamus Heaney's Portrayal of Pain and Suffering Heaney, born 1939 was one of the nine children of Margaret and Patrick Heaney who ran a family farm in Mossbawn, Northern Ireland. Heaney enrolled at Queen's College in 1957 after attending his local town school and opting not to follow in his fathers success of being a farmer. He took up a position as a lecturer at St. Joseph's College, Belfast 1963. He then went on to acheive a scholarship in English Language and Literature, also devoting spare time to a poetry group....   [tags: Papers] 1083 words
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The poetry of Seamus Heaney is deceptively simple - The poetry of Seamus Heaney is deceptively simple. Examine this comment in the light of his choices of subject, diction, and structure. You should refer to at least two poems in your responses. The deceptive simplicity of the poet can be helped to be understood through P A M Dirac, who suggests that poetry tries to tell people in a way that is understood by no one, something everybody already knew. If you can comprehend this, it is easier to see how the poetry of Heaney can be called deceptively simple, the surface which appears to be the reminiscing of his youth, is misleading, in actuality it is hinting at something far more complex and explaining lessons of life that he learnt, that the reader may never grasps....   [tags: English Literature] 1770 words
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Heaney's Use of Childhood Memories in The Death Of A Naturalist - Heaney's Use of Childhood Memories in The Death Of A Naturalist Seamus Heaney is an Irish poet who was born in April 1939 and still lives today. Seamus Heaney was a very bright boy who as a country boy attended local primary schools and colleges to gain scholarships at Colleges. At college Heaney was taught Latin and Irish and moved on to Queens University in Belfast. In the course of his career Seamus Heaney has always contributed to the promotions of artistic and educational causes both in Ireland and abroad....   [tags: Papers] 1000 words
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Comparison between William Blake and Seamus Heaney - Comparison between William Blake and Seamus Heaney In this essay I will compare two internationally recognised poets, William Blake and Seamus Heaney. I will discuss their similarities and differences not in only just their writing, but also their everyday lives. William Blake was born in 1757 in London, where he lived practically all his life apart from three years at the beginning of the 19th century, where he lived in Felpham, near Bognor Regis in Sussex. He had no early education, but became student, studying art, at the Royal academy school in the early 1770s....   [tags: Writers William Blake Seamus Henry Essays] 1371 words
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Common Themes in Poetry - Common Themes in Poetry After reading and analysing numerous poems, I have chosen two examples of the famous Irish Poet, Seamus Heaney's work: 'Follower' and 'Mid-Term Break'. Both poems relate to the poet's past, and are certainly associated with a specific 'loss' of a loved one - one a literal loss, and the other a subconscious loss. 'Mid-Term Break', which I found to be a very touching and poignant poem, describes the loss of the poet's younger brother, Christopher when Heaney was a child, hence the poem is of a childhood tragedy as well as a loss....   [tags: Mid-Term Break Follower Poetry Poems Essays] 4013 words
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Stories of Grief: The Emotional Journey of Two Characters - Grief is pain of the mind often on account of something someone have experienced in the past or something someone are presently experiencing. The message and feelings of grief are often conveyed through poems, books and films. The novel ‘Two weeks with the Queen’ written by Morris Gleitzman displays the emotional journey that Colin takes coming to terms with his younger brother’s terminal illness. Robert Redford’s Film ‘The Horse Whisperer’ shows the break up in a family when grace the only child experiences great sadness and loss after losing her best friend in a tragic horse riding accident....   [tags: Two Weeks with the Queen, Mid term Break,] 833 words
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Discuss some of the ways in which Seamus Heaney makes use of the past - Discuss some of the ways in which Seamus Heaney makes use of the past in his poetry Seamus Heaney was born on 13th April 1939 on a farm called Mossbawn in Northern Ireland. He was the eldest of nine children, and was brought up as a Roman Catholic, which later, proved to be a popular topic in his poetry. Heaney’s childhood was full of deaths from relatives and friends which give him a certain amount of understanding about death and corpses, a poem that shows this is ‘The Tollund Man’. In his poetry, Seamus Heaney usually starts in the past tense, imagining that he is still in his childhood, and then suddenly, towards the end of the poem, turns to the present tense, and reflects how his childhood memories have affected him as an adult....   [tags: English Literature]
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The Common Thread Which Runs Through Seamus Heaney's Poems - The Common Thread Which Runs Through Seamus Heaney's Poems Seamus Heaney, a famous author, who has written many famous and heartfelt poems and sonnets, such as Follower and Mid-term Break, has shown to have a link, which runs through each of his poems. A theme, which has seemed to crop up continuously. This expression of theme is childhood innocence, tradition and family. He often writes about childhood memories and thoughts of his past. He incorporates his childhood into his poetry by writing about his own experiences....   [tags: Papers] 432 words
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Digging - ... The final line is future tense in order to show that Seamus understands that his work is writing. The first stanza of the poem says the pen in his hand fits “snug as a gun” (line 2. The second stanza is Heaney looking down from is window to see his father digging. Then in the next stanza he is looking at the past, at his father digging in the same place twenty years prior. The space between “I look down” and “Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds” (line 5-6), creates the gap of time....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Seamus Heaney] 1098 words
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Comparison of Four Poems about Loss - Comparison of Four Poems about Loss I am comparing “On my first Sonne” by Ben Jonson (a pre-1914 piece of poetry, written in 1616), “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning (a pre-1914 piece of poetry, written in 1845), “Mid-Term Break” by Seamus Heaney (a piece of poetry from the Heaney bank) and “Cold Knap Lake” by Gillian Clarke (a piece of poetry from the Clarke bank). The poem, “On my first Sonne” is about the loss of a close family member, Ben Jonson’s first son, who died at the age of seven....   [tags: English Literature] 2015 words
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How Poets Describe the Ending of Childhood Innocence - How Poets Describe the Ending of Childhood Innocence Firstly Seamus Heaney is a poet I have studied. He was from a rural catholic background in Castledawson, County Derry, however he did live in a mainly protestant area. He addresses issues such as childhood, familial relationships, particularly his relationship with his father and also the identity crisis of becoming a poet. For example in his poem, “Death of a Naturalist” he draws largely on his experience and the experience of his community in an attempt to represent the troubles in a new and analytical manner....   [tags: Childhood Poetry Poems Essays] 1253 words
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Is Great Expectations like a soap opera? - Is Great Expectations like a soap opera. Consider all that Pip went through, or just take parts, like his trial with the girl, at first, she didn't like him, and then later on in his life, she loved him. Also, what are the chances that some poor boy that no one knows ends up inheriting a huge sum of money out of the blue one day, and that the person who leaves it to him is an escaped criminal who Pip just happened to help out one day. All of these things are coincidence, and that's mostly what soap operas are based on....   [tags: English Literature] 1069 words
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The Loss of a Child - The poem Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney is an incredibly deep poem about the loss of a loved one. "There is a dramatic irony to it that is noticed when read through a couple of times. It relates to the Child's position in that his life was broken short i.e. "Mid-term Break". It had not been completed." (1) The author leaves that information out until the very end, but there is an implication of something being wrong throughout the piece. "In the porch I met my father crying--/He had always taken funerals in his stride--/And Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow." (2) Finally, in the last sentence, "A four foot box, a foot for every year." (2) it becomes very clear that the child died....   [tags: Personal Essays] 601 words
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The Way Life Teaches: Innocence to Experience - ... The speaker brings up the guilt felt by him and his mother when he says, “Away at school, as my mother held my hand” (12). This is also a version of the movement from innocence to experience; the mother losing her son and the brother his sibling. They are both encountering a devastating experience of losing their innocent son and baby brother, and in a way they too have lost the innocence of not having to endure this pain. The speaker emphasizes the theme of innocence to experience in the following lines: …I saw him, For the first time in six weeks....   [tags: Literary Themes]
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