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Mid-Term Break Seamus Heaneys poem Mid-Term Break is a poem about a boy finding out about his smaller brothers death The feelings in Mid-Term Break are different from conventional poems because instead of grief and sorrow there are feelings ranging from boredom to anger These feelings are complex because they are the feelings that you would not expect so this poem is quite unique He is taken home by his neighbours and comes to see his weeping dad When he is at home his parents friends and relatives meet the young man This makes him uneasy and there is a contrast when the baby coos and laughs when everyone is quiet and sad The next day he walks up to where his dead brother is lying and we find out how he died and that he only had a small poppy bruise to prove it At the beginning of the poem a young man is furthering his knowledge at college when he hears of the disastrous death of his four-year-old brother The boys complex mixture of feelings start when he is still in the college and waiting to be taken home He is feeling bored from waiting so long in the sickbay so he doesnt do much but just sit We hear that he is in the sickbay and any traumatised person who had just lost a younger brother wouldnt just sit all morning Although he is slightly anxious to see his parents and receive comfort for this disaster he is restless from waiting in the same room all morning In this stanza there is the first hint that someone has died because we hear that he was counting bells knelling classes to a close and the word knelling implies a death because it is linked to funerals There is also alliteration in this sentence with counting classes and close and this helps suggest the boredom that the boy is
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