Comparative Essay “Midterm Break” & “The Early Purges” By Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney was an Irish poet, who grew up on a farm. He writes about his childhood, nature, and in two particular poems, explores the theme of growing up. Whilst the two poems, titled “The Early Purges” and “Midterm Break” are both sad and thought-provoking in equal measure, I think “Midterm Break” portrays this the best in its symbolism, and the tragedy of it. Midterm break is about young Heaney, aged only twelve or thirteen years old, coming home from boarding school for the spring midterm break. However, instead of being greeted with a happy welcome from his family, he is forced to grow up very quickly after the death of his very young baby brother.
The poem reflects on death and the sorrow that it causes to the poet while relating it to the setting of the sea. The second stanza presents an observation of the people around the poet. The image of the sea and its waves splashing against the cold gray stones, the singing
His speech here holds a great amount of significance as his referral to himself in the third person by using the word 'he' suggests that this is how he himself expects others to view his son. As well as this, Jonson calls his son 'Poetry' and being a poet himself this reinforces the idea that he holds a strong love for his son. The metaphor used here also creates imagery of delicate work such as art and helps to invision how Jonson sees his son as a beautiful creation. His indignation and this love forces him to begin blaming himself for the loss of his son as he calls it his 'sin for having too much hope of thee'. It could be argued that Jonson is communicate that despite the circumstances, a person's identity is never truly lost.
In line 10, Tennyson quickly shifts the mood by stating, “and after that the dark!” At this point, death is here and the speaker is fully aware of it. The dark night sky resembles the end of the speaker’s life. In the third stanza, there is a shift in the poem at the start of line 10. At this point, the speaker has accepted the fact that he will die and begins to imagine the afterlife. The idea of the sailor crossing the sandbar is clear that it is a metaphor for death.
`Mid-Term Break` is about when he leaves college and returns home to find out the news about his little brother. `Digging` is about his grandfather and how he is getting old and finding work difficult, so both poems are about family, but quite different circumstances. The layout of the two poems is very different. `Mid-Term Break` being very straight forward, just having three lines to each stanza and `Digging` being completely opposite and following no strategic pattern. Both the poems tell a story that will change Seamus's life and they also describe events or problems that happened in his childhood.
In the poem, Sonnet 18 written by William Shakespeare, the speaker expresses his deep compassion for the love of his life by using romantic phrases to prove the devotion they both share towards one another. By using the metaphor, “Shall [he] compare thee to a summer’s day?” the speaker is able to
Death is an experience that all humans will eventually face, and no living human can say exactly what this encounter is like. The poems “On My First Son” by Ben Jonson, “Death be not proud” by John Donne, and “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson are all examples of poetry that express and explore the central theme of death and its many facets.These poems examine how people view the inevitability of the human condition, and look at the fact that people die at any point in time and is not dictated by a human’s own time frame. “On My First Son”, “Death be not proud”, and “ Because I could not stop for Death” discuss death. All three poems approach this topic in a unique way. “Death be not proud” and “Because I could not stop
Coming up lines leave the reader with the greatest, intensive and qualified passion the speaker has. This passionate tone drives me as a reader to the worlds of affection, devotion, fondness, desire and endearment, which are waking up all the feelings of love hidden deeply inside me. Interestingly, Ben Jonson 's "On My First Son" played the same role upon me through reading. The tone of this great piece of art is sadness and griving the speaker felt towards the death of his first child, Seven years thou were lent to me, and I thee
he clearly egnolsihes Shakespeaeares claim to mortality. In Jonson's lyric poetry, he defines nature as cemetry and truth, that was mentioned about King Leo and his daughters. They are showing seymmetry in the outerwrolf. In the "Ancients" he defines God not the commanders. Jonson also mentions the "Jonson's Neo-Classical Virtues."
Drawing the readers’ into the poem with a whimsical and rather comical dialogue between the speaker and Death. Amidst the interchange, the speaker taunts and teases Death, telling him that he should not be proud and vain, especially in view of his ultimate demise. The sonnet’s poetic form and powerful literary elements add to the playful dialogue giving it its light and humorous tone. Arresting allusions to Christ’s victory over Death at his second coming, reveals to the reader the true theme of the poem. Though at first, the theme appears to be death, in reality the theme centered around Death’s demise and eternal life for all those who have been saved by the precious blood of Christ!