Finally On My First Sonne by Ben Johnson is about the death of his son and the religious view of the situation. Both Heaney and Johnson's poems are about the death of a close loved one and how it is dealt with emotionally and in reality. On looking at the title of Heaney's poem, you almost immediately assume that is a happy one, possibly about what he spends his holidays doing. This of course is not the case. Unlike the other two poems, you do not know immediately who has died or even if there is a death.
The poem “Mid-Term Break”, written by Seamus Heaney is about the death of the author’s brother and it shows how people reacted to this. It is written from the point of view of young Heaney, taken from school after his brother died. The poem successfully conveys Heaney’s sense of grief through various poetic techniques such as metaphor, simile and alliteration. It does not have a specific rhythm, but there is rhyme in the final two lines of the poem. There are seven stanzas with three lines per stanza.
Equally, in "Ghost of a Ghost," written by Brad Leithauser, a man is distraught over the fact that despite the remembrance of his accident, his family has totally forgotten him and moved on. These poems, which apparently both deal with the issues of death and remembrance, portray a sense of nostalgic value in that one character wants to return to what he once knew, while the other is desperately trying to flee from any memory of his past experience. Mutually, the poems "Facing It" and "Ghost of a Ghost," respectively, deal with the reflection of the past as well as... ... middle of paper ... ...thing of his wife snoring those random nights he is nostalgic for. After time it was even comforting to him. The father is nostalgic for the comfort of the happiness that he received from his family.
Our suspicions of a death are confirmed in the second stanza, when the narrator describes his father as having "always taken funerals in their stride." In this instance though, the father's tears indicate the passing of someone incredibly close to him - immediate family. The third line, "Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow," tells us that the death is a particularly tragic one, and one that will be difficult to come to terms with. We learn in stanza three that the narrator has a younger sibling and how his or her reactions are in such stark contrast to the solemn reality of the scene. "The baby cooed and laughed and rocked the pram."
Heaney wanted to express his feelings, to let us know what he felt like having to cope with the death of his little brother. It must have been a particularly difficult situation for him. There is a lot of sadness in the poem from the beginning. Heaney writes of ‘bells knelling classes to a close’. ‘Knelling is a sound of funeral bells, not a school bell.
I think that Heaney does this on purpose; the word 'Big' brings the image of a str... ... middle of paper ... ...and Jonson's usually satirical and biting comic voice. All these poems explore the relationships between loved ones. Whether it be between two brothers, mother and daughter of father and son they are all powerful in how they write and describe the different bonds between them. 'Mid-Term Break' and 'On my first Sonne' perhaps have more in common than they do with Catrin. They talk deeply about the confusion of mixed emotions of blame, anger, guilt and relief felt suffered at the death of a loved one.
In Tennyson’s work, In Memoriam, A.H.H. he talks about his best friend’s death, and how his life is changed by it. “Here in the long unlovely street, doors, where my heart was used to beat so quickly, waiting for a hand, a hand that can be clasped no more” (Pg. 961 Lines 18-21).In these lines, Tennyson talks about how he no longer has his friend there with him. As you can tell, the emotions in these lines are heavy, and he really misses his best friend.
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. ‘My first Sonne’ is also autobiographical, but is about the death of Ben Johnson’s seven year old son.
After that, his brother was put into a mental institution and his father soon became paranoid and violent. The cost of everything worried Tennyson and he figured that becoming a writer would be the best for him. Tennyson and his other brother became known at Cambridge where he went to. His life could be described as in his poem, “Ulysses,” “All times I have enjoyed greatly, have suffered greatly.” Lord Tennyson’s life was full of tragedy after his good friend, Arthu... ... middle of paper ... ... become a better person. Works Cited Everett, Glenn.
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. The thoughts of death are brought to the fore almost immediately as the poem begins with a funeral note in line two: ‘…counting bells knelling classes to a close.’ The word ‘knelling’ reminds the poet of the church bells tolling for a funeral. In the second stanza we are aware that the tragedy which has occurred is different as funerals usually did not disturb his father in the way that this one had. Heaney recalls the embarrassment he felt when the adults sympathised with him and paid his deference saying ‘they were sorry for my trouble.’ This seemed to perplex him as it was a reversal of roles.