Discuss the Ways In Which Two Poems In The Anthology Explore The Effects Of Untimely Death When men went to war, there was every chance of them dying. But, their friends and family could never had prepared themselves for news of that person's death. Untimely death is a theme which is explored throughout the anthology in many ways, in particular, looking at the effects of the news of death upon loved ones. "The Seed-Merchant's Son" is a poem by Agnes Grozier Herbertson that conveys the bereavement that a man feels for his son who has died at war. This poem continuously emphasises the youth of the boy, which constantly reiterates the idea of untimely death, as the boy died before he could live a full life.
Colin in ‘two weeks with the queen’ is in denial after being in shock and numbness. In the poem ‘Mid term break’ Seamus is in shock and has gone numb with the news of his younger brother’s death. In the film the ‘horse whisperer’ grace is in depression, bottling everything up inside and eventually her mother has to get her help because she will not let anyone in. grief is an emotional response to loss and sadness which is often hard to talk about. Grief is not a bad thing it is a way of dealing with problems, it is just another stage in life.
Jonson was away from his home in London when he received letters from his wife telling him that his son had died from the plague. His son was seven years old. Ben Jonson is showing the heartache from his son’s early death at the age of seven. The first two lines, ‘My sin was too much hope for thee, lov’d boy’, is showing that Jonson is blaming himself for loving Benjamin. Throughout the poem Ben Jonson uses many religious references for example, ‘child of my right hand’ , ... ... middle of paper ... ... told to marry.
In 'Cold Knap Lake', Gillian Clarke writes about the doubtful death of a young child in the waters of 'Cold Knap Lake', in Barry, South Wales. In 'On My First Sonne', Ben Jonson writes about the loss of his seven year old son as a victim of the great plague. And finally in 'The Song of the Old Mother', W.B Yeats tells of a mother's routine. In 'Death of a Naturalist', Heaney writes about his childhood, and the changes that he went through in puberty - the changes that he undertook to transform from boy, to adolescent and finally to a man. It is also about the loss of innocence associated with childhood, and the lack of responsibility that a young boy possesses.
Distant Grief Author Seamus Heaney, in the poem “Mid-Term Break,” gives the reader a snapshot of death, detached from any emotional perspective, using narration, imagery, and foreshadowing. This event greatly affected the young poet and he recalls to the reader his memory the events precisely to the hour, with bells dismissing classes at two o’clock, to the ambulance arriving at ten o’clock. The speaker in the poem, assumed to be the poet himself, a young college student returns home mid-semester to attend the funeral of his 4 year old brother at his family’s home. The older brother finds his sibling lying in a small coffin, the color drained from his little cheeks. With the death of his young brother, Heaney is moved to write about the experience and in turn he gives the reader a somber look at death in his family.
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.
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.
That same year Cannery Row was published which also portrays a feeling of loneliness through Doc. Steinbeck’s writing suffered after the lose of his close friend Ed Ricketts in 1948, which effected his writing of Sweet Thursday because Ricketts was the model for the main character Doc. Steinbeck’s theme of loneliness continued in this novel. In the beginning of Sweet Thursday Mack is lonely because everyone has went off to war except for himself. Then Suzy shows up in town with not a single family member or friend.
The two poems successfully bring about the emotions of sadness and loss by conflicting feelings dealing with death. Both the poems are narrated from the parent’s view addressing his or her child that has died or is about to, and this brings about emotions of grief in the reader as well. The two poems set the mood and atmosphere in the first stanza. In “Refugee mother and child” Chinua Achebe says “for a son she would soon have to forget” brings about sadness and loss because she cannot do anything about it and tells the reader the poem is about a dying son she cannot save. The reader can imagine what she is going through as a mother watching her child knowing he is about to die soon.
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.