Analysis Of Mid Term Break By Seamus Heaney

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In the poem “Mid-Term Break,” Seamus Heaney expresses the reality that death encompasses in a family and in his perspective through the use of devices such as emotional diction and symbols.
First off, Heaney begins the piece by having the speaker observe the family members around him, seeing all the grief and sorrow that has come from the tragic death of his little brother. The family members observed are rather openingly distressed, for they seem to express their feelings rather than contain them. For instance, the speaker states how when he first gets home he “met [his] father crying,” which may not seem too unrealistic for this type of scenario. However, by using a father figure in this instance, a sense of irony is created, for men are normally perceived to be more masculine and individuals who do their best uphold their strong, reputable names, whereas in this case, the men are also seen stricken with grief. Furthermore, the speaker is also able implement more ‘natural’ occurrences of emotion, as seen in women in society’s perspective of social norms. As the speaker explains how his mother is responding to the situation of death, he uses phrasing such as “in hers and coughed out angry tearless sighs” in order to emphasize the emotion felt by these individuals. The use of emotional diction, such as “angry” and “tearless” only goes to reach out for the audience’s compassion in order to try to help them relate or feel the true meaning of the poem. As a result of this,
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