Comparing Robert Frost's Out Out and Seamus Heany's Mid Term Break

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Comparing Robert Frost's Out Out and Seamus Heany's Mid Term Break Works Cited Missing The subject of both poems is the untimely death of young people in tragic accidents rather than sickness. Strangely both boys are killed by machinery, the boy in "Out, Out-' by a mechanical saw and the boy in "Mid-Term Break" by a car. Both poems describe the reactions of the families to the deaths each of the families reacting quite differently. Both poems talk about the deaths of young boys who have older or younger siblings; one has at least one sister, while the other has an elder brother and a younger sibling. "Mid-Term Break" is written in the first person and is a far more personal poem consequently the emotions expressed in it are much easier observe and appreciate than in "Out, Out-' which is written in the third person, distancing the reader and giving a much colder perspective of the events. "Mid-Term Break" is set in Northern Irelandwhile "Out, Out-' is set "far into Vermont". "Mid-Term Break" tells the tale of an older brother summoned home from college because of the death of his young brother who has been run over by a car. The main part of the poem is set in the family home, prepared for the brother's funeral. The family is traumatized by the event the parents suffering mostly the "father crying' - the mother "coughed out angry tearless sighs". "Out, Out-' presents a different death scene - far more sudden and unanticipated during the poem. A boy working in a family's saw house is out helping by sawing down trees. His sister calls him for food, shouting "supper" and as a result, he slips and the saw cuts his hand. Surprisi... ... middle of paper ... ...ferent religions with the Protestants either keeping their grief to themselves or merely accepting God's hand in the tragedy while the Catholics find solace in an open display of grief and the comfort of ritual such as the flowers and candles and lying in state of the corpse in an open coffin for people to pay their last respects. Alternatively it may hint at a completely different lifestyle; while the family in 'Mid Term Break' seem to be quite well off, the family in 'Out, Out-' may have to concentrate on survival and therefore have to carry on eking out a living and do not have the time nor the energy to mourn. I cannot truthfully say that I enjoyed either of the two poems, but they both dealt with the subject of the sudden death of a child in ways that remain with you long after you have finished reading the poems.

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