Asked by: Rebekka Guybooks and literature poetry
What elements of Heaney's life are reflected in his poem mid term break?
Last Updated: 22nd March, 2020
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Then, what does the poem mid term break mean?
“Mid-Term Break” describes the aftermath of a tragedy: the speaker's four-year-old brother has been hit by a car and killed. But the poem doesn't spend a lot of time describing the accident or memorializing the dead child. Instead, the poem focuses on the way that other people respond to this tragedy.
One may also ask, what is a poppy bruise? The penultimate stanza describes him in more detail with a 'poppy bruise on his left temple' poppy a flower associated with the dead and the red colour accurately reflecting the colour of blood and a bruise. We learn the cause of death is a road accident as 'the bumper knocked him clear'.
Just so, what is the tone of the poem mid term break?
An Emotional Break The poem breaks its tercet pattern at the end: A single line describes his brother's coffin -- "A four-foot box, one foot for every year." This is the single sentence in the work with a degree of mixed emotion in its tone: regret, nostalgia and fatalism.
Who wrote the poem mid term break?