Mid Term Break Heaney Analysis

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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. Also, “snowdrops” used as a decoration of the bedside in the poem is one of the flowers which bloom the earliest. This once again proves the cycle of life: though there’s death, there’s birth. The atmosphere is created from the start of the poem. The word “knelling” is used to describe the action of school bells, yet we usually use “ringing” for school bells. The word “knelling” suggests the announcement of death and funeral. This already has given me a mournful feeling. However, Heaney didn’t tell us who the departed is in the first few stanzas. Instead, he gave us a hint that the death is about his family.…show more content…
Imagery is made in this poem. This description not only creates an explicit imagery in my head but also makes me link this poem to another poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae. Due to the First World War, the poppy is recognised internationally as a symbol of remembrance, and in this poem, the remembrance of Heaney’s relative or even brother. Also, the simile used to describe the bed where the little child lied, “as in his cot”, shows the reader how small the bed is. This emphasises how young the boy is. The word “cooed”, used to describe the baby, is an onomatopoeia which adds the sense of hearing to the
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