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In the poem Mid-Term Break we can appreciate how heaney tries to arouse the feelings of pity and compassion for the family He achieves this by introducing a child who talks in a natural way and uses simple vocabulary Also he emphasizes those feelings by creating shoking images While we read the poem we can notice how the speaking voice is restraint This means that he is not showing his feelings towards his dead brother and the complicated situation He writes in an objective tone and has a natural way of telling things which makes the poem more belierable moving and the reader feels touched The poem beggins with the word I This immediately brings the reader into the poem and opens our minds In the first stanza we can see how the author uses assonance by repeating the middle sound of the word and alliteration which is the repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of words We can appreciate this when he says counting bells knelling classes to a close Line number two emphasizes the matter of having a funeral its a simile between the end of school and the announcement of a burial The second stanza tells us where the boy is in his porch and beggins with the image of the narrators father crying This particulary makes the child and the reader aware that something wrong has happened Heaney chose this verb cry to describe the man as it is seen as something very painful While continuing reading we make sure that a person has died In line one of the third stanza the boy who speaks reaches a place where there was a baby who cooed and laughed This is an image which means that he and his family will be happy and enjoy life as they did The line which follows shows us that the writer used the technique called enjabement that means that the idea
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