It could be a younger brother. Metaphor is a figure of. Each stanza focuses on a different aspect of grief. He has taught English at the 6-12 level for more than 20 years. He is caught off guard and embarrassed by this action. Stanzas two, three and four develop the storyline in the form of the writer leading the reader through the house, as the main character is made uneasy by things like his father crying, the baby laughing in the pram, and people whispering about him. 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.
We must know how to handle difficult situations. A poem with an ambiguous title, Mid-Term Break appears on the page as an orderly set of tercets, finished off with a single line, as if underlining everything that has gone before. Although the title suggests that the poem is going to be revolving around a holiday, the reader soon discovers that the poem is dealing with a much darker subject, a death in the family. There is a sense of boredom as he counts the bells waiting for classes to end. This book also includes his Nobel prize speech.
The poet is driven home by his neighbours and not his parents, another unusual event preparing the reader for the idea that something is terribly wrong. When he finally arrives home he sees his father on the porch, crying. Mid- term Break Mid- term Break is a poem by the Irish poet Seamus Heaney. He does not know how to respond to it. Time is passing slowly, and Heaney uses alliteration to show this.
This sequence allows for Heaney to show his feelings of shock and denial as he seems awkward prior to actually seeing the corpse. This is a little bit morbid, a touch ironic, because the title tells of a break, a holiday away from responsibility and formality. Literary device make poem better and make it interesting to read. 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'. In Mid term break Seamus Heaney's tells of the tragic death of his younger brother, who was sadly killed. This also acts as the subject of the poem presented like an autobiography, so it is easy for readers to establish what is actually going on.
The third stanza, in contrast, opens with a description of the baby of the family that 'cooed and laughed and rocked the pram', showing that in some aspects family life went on as usual amid the grief. This part, for me, was the most emotional of the three, and really defines the theme and feel of the poem. In the fifth stanza Heaney describes in a matter-of-fact way that the ambulance brought the 'corpse', giving a sense that at first Heaney could perhaps not think of the body as being that of his brother. Stanza Seven In the final stanza, and in the hanging last line, the identity of the person is finally revealed. Death is an awkward subject that most want to avoid in life but it is also one that dominates people lives the most. It is a poem that grows in stature, finally ending in an unforgettable single line image.
I feel that Heaney is very honest when he writes about how people reacted to the death of his brother. The general sounds of the poem are blank or free verse, therefore the poem tells the story without the use of rhyme. One might initially think that this is due to an illness that the speaker has contracted, something that requires he be kept separate from the rest of the student body. The use of the word soothed reflects the healing qualities of the peaceful room where the body lies. The final description of the corpse uses calm nouns and adjectives, instead of the gory description of the horrific accident.
The depth of his loss is made clear by the fact that it is not a family member who retrieves him, but the neighbours. The poem begins with factual statements almost devoid of emotion. The last line is full of pathos, the four-foot box measuring out the life of the victim in years. The poem has a story effect and flows similar to a narrative since it is written in first person and continuously describes the setting of the funeral, which makes it ever so moving for the reader. While waiting, he knows the school day is going on outside the wall of the office.
The poet is shocked that his father is crying. Though family, age and love seems to be opposites of death and pain, one side cannot exist without the other. At 10 o'clock the ambulance arrives, the nurses then bandage the body and take it away. There is almost a sense of boredom as he counts the bells waiting for class to end. This line is important to the poem as it reflects the appalling subject of a four year olds death. How does grief affect those family members and friends close to us? There is a build-up of detail and the stanzas seek to show the steps of what had happened. The final line of the seventh stanza tells us that the little boy had no 'gaudy scars' as the car knocked him to one side rather than running over him.