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The poem I am evaluating in this essay is titled Mid-term break and was written by Seamus Heaney The poem is about the laying out to rest of a four year old told from his older brothers perspective I will be dealing with and trying to explain the use of words images and techniques and their Starting off with the title There is a dramatic irony to it that is noticed when read through a couple of times It relates to theChilds position in that his life was broken short ie Mid-term Break It had not been completed As one read on one will realise that when the title is decrypted the atmosphere is amplified This is achieved through a number of factors The mostimportant is the fact that its told from the brothers point of view The very first word in the poem is I This immediately brings the reader into the poem It opens our minds by making us think so that the poem can be appreciated as it should be I sat all morning Here the emphasis is directed on all This simple word makes us think how long drawn out and boring this morning mustve been for the brother who is presumably the narrator Also theres a fearful expectancy the idea of a suspenseful wait But where was he waitingIn the college sick bay This suggests there is something wrong with the narrator This hints he may be ill while at the same time helping to reinforce of expecting suspenseWhile he was sitting he was Counting bells This adds to the continuously surmounting pile of anxiety fear expectancy and suspense This is because he doesnt just hear the bells ringing in the background hes counting every ringHe isnt just counting out of boredom although this is one reason He is counting because the bells are Knelling classes to a close A very sinister phrase Knell is what funeral bells ring with
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