Seamus Heaney’s Mid-Term Break and The Early Purges are poems that reflect themes of death and change by focusing on significant events of Heaney’s childhood. In Mid-Term Break, Heaney recollects upon the funeral of his younger brother, Christopher, during his adolescence, portraying his gradual acceptance of death. Conversely, The Early Purges illustrates his childhood naïveté when he witnesses the necessary death of animals as a young boy. Mid-Term Break depicts the gradual change of his feelings from mourning to shock, to anger, and finally to acceptance of death. It has a total of eight stanzas, each stanza a tercet.
The man dwells on how he has lost his beloved wife. Soon he goes through different stages. Like physically , mentally , emotionally. The narrator starts off by telling us how the man is not doing so well. “I pondered , weak and weary.” (5) The man is week from probably not eating and losing a lot of sleep.
In The Scarlet Ibis, the author revealed finally the real feelings of Brother toward his brother Doodle. During the whole incidents of the short story, Brother is not accepting Doodle as a brother because of the abnormality which Doodle suffered from and so Brother feels ashamed. The last scene in the short story is so tragic. The scene is portrayed as Brother returned back to Doodle who was found dead, having bled from the mouth and his neck is covered in blood. The act of crying and screaming by Brother for the death of his brother Doodle is a pure tragic scene and by such scene the reader makes the readers feel that Brother loves his brother Doodle and for such love he tried to protect him from an outside world.
Did this really happen, is this really happening to me, and how can this happen? Milton has to convince himself that his good friend is gone, and he does it by writing “For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime” (l.8). This repetition of “dead” also brings attention to the intensity this death has resulted, and the reason why he is writing this poem. Lycidas’ death is certainly a tragedy for Milton because King has died so young, before his prime as he says. Interestingly, Milton compares this loss of a friend before his prime to a more selfish loss, the loss of having to “I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude, /And with forced
The broken image of his mentor is also clearly shown in ‘Mid-Term Break,’ where he is away from his family as his ‘neighbours drove’ him ‘home.’ This evokes thought to the readers that Heaney had been detached from his family. Therefore, the shock of watching his role model shatter is sudden and subtle when he ‘met my father crying-’ ‘in the porch.’ The caesura at the end conveys the external expression of his father’s grief and the poet’s shock in seeing
The raven’s journey from the hellish Plutonian Shore is a reflection of the Narrator's own struggle to get through the passing of Lenore. The narrator has lost his one true love, Lenore, that much is evident. We do not know much about her, but the memory of her passing has deeply affected him. There was no hope for him, and he would do anything to take his mind off his loneliness. His time spent in reading at night describes denial toward his loss, trying to pretend it didn't happen by losing himself in “...quaint and curious volume[s] of forgotten lore”(Line 2).
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.
Similarly, in “When I have Fears,” he uses them to capture his fear of dying before accomplishing greatness in writing and romance. In both poems, he uses alliteration to overcome his fears by realizing the unimportance of eternity and fame. Thus, by using the same poetic devices, he ultimately expresses his fear of the inevitable death
‘Mid-Term Break’ and ‘Death of a Naturalist’ are two of the many poems expressing the motif of death and change through reflecting on the life of Seamus Heaney. ‘Mid-Term Break’ is a poem that highlights a dreary event in the early years of his life, the death of his brother. The poem explores the emotional aspect of the lead up and impact of the experience on him and his parents. The poem highlights the briefness of life and that there is ultimately an end to everything. Focusing on the importance of cherishing every moment of life with loved ones.
Usually, we shouldn’t directly relate an author or poet to his or her works’ narrator, yet in “Mid-Term Break”, we can be pretty sure that Heaney is sharing his own experience of death. “Mid-Term Break” is a distinct poem that contains some ironies. Before reading the poem, the title “Mid-Term Break” actually makes me think of something full of energy or colours; however, the poem itself is actually totally the opposite of what I believe. Another ironic part is that there’s a “cooing and laughing baby” symbolising new lives attending a funeral, a ceremony of death. I think this irony indicates that life goes on no matter what happened.