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Mid Term Break The title mid term break gives us the idea of school holidays for Heaney however this period of absence from school was far from normal This is an incredibly sad poem The mood is set almost immediately in the second line Counting bells knelling classes to a close Notice how Heaney uses assonance and alliteration to emphasise the funereal sound of the bells and the feeling of time dragging The sentence begins with the morning in line one but it is two oclock in line three showing that hours have passed in waiting The second sentence begins with the image of Heaneys father crying Having come across Heaneys father in poems such as Follower in which he appears to be a strong man of few words this contrary picture evokes powerful emotion in the reader Heaney skilfully takes the reader with him as he enters the house through the porch - we meet his father Big Jim Evans the baby in its pram the old men congregated in the room and finally Heaneys mother coughing out angry tearless sighs Lines 14-15 again show Heaney using assonance this time in his repetition of the short a - At ambulance arrived stanched and bandaged - emphasising the stopping short of blood and life We learn in the sixth stanza that Heaney hadnt seen his brother for six weeks having been Away at school The words Paler now hang at the end of the sentence causing a sad pause before the sentence continues and describes how little changed in appearance the boy is in death the difference being his paler complexion and poppy bruise The final line stands out on its own Almost every word is emphasised so that the reader must take in the lines message and the shock and deep grief that the family must have felt There is an el ement of shock
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