Even the title is understated; this is about the death of a child but the title is simply Mid-Term Break — something that could cover totally mundane events. The loss is so great that it needs no embellishment, and the poem gains so much of its power from its simple approach in describing what happened.
The next few verses conjure up the awkwardness of funerals where people have no words to express their grief. Big Jim Evans says it was a hard blow, which seems a woefully inadequate description yet reflects the way people may speak when faced with indescribable tragedy. Heaney feels all the awkwardness of a young boy suddenly being treated with sympathy and respect by adults who would usually treat him as a child.
The poppy, of course, is a flower associated with death and remembrance. The final lines are the most powerful in the poem. No gaudy scars, the bumper knocked him clear. A four foot box, a foot for every year.
We already know someone has died and with a four foot coffin we know it must be someone young, In spite of these warnings, the final line still comes as shock, creating intense emotion. These last two lines are the only lines in whole poem that rhyme.
Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library. I sat all morning in the college sick bay. Counting bells knelling classes to a close. At two o'clock our neighbours drove me home. He had always taken funerals in his stride—.
And Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow. The baby cooed and laughed and rocked the pram. And tell me they were 'sorry for my trouble'. Whispers informed strangers I was the eldest,. In hers and coughed out angry tearless sighs. With the corpse, stanched and bandaged by the nurses.
Seamus Heaney is widely recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century. A native of Northern Ireland, Heaney was raised in .
This poem uses a seming plane and simple language, but this can be read wrong. There is nothing simplistic about this poem, and if one says simple it is the simple-good not simplistic which is not the samething. I had pleasure reading this good poem, and by the way I own sevreral books of poems by this poet/5(8).
Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney - I sat all morning in the college sick bay Counting bells knelling classes to a close. At two o'clock our neighbors dro. The early poem Mid-Term Break was written by Heaney following the death of his young brother, killed when a car hit him in It is a poem that grows in stature, finally ending in an unforgettable single line image.
MID-TERM BREAK. The subject of this poem is the death of Seamus Heaney’s younger brother, Christopher who was killed by a car at the age of four. It is a tremendously poignant poem and its emotional power derives in large measure form the fact that Heaney is very muted and understated with respect to his own emotional response. About “Mid-Term Break” Heaney’s poem about a death in the family is based on the actual death of the poet’s younger brother, Christopher, at the age of four. The “break” in “Mid-Term Break” implies not only a gap in a school semester but also a “break” from the speaker’s previous life, a loss of innocence and coming-of-age in respect of his .