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  • 1. M.I.T.S.L Analysis of Mid-Term break Seamus Heaney
  • 2. Meaning
    • The poem is a vivid account of Heaneys memory of the tragic death of his four year old brother
    • He describes peoples reaction towards him at the funeral but doesn’t actually reveal anything about the way he’s feeling until the last line [Rhyming couplet]
    • In the poem he mentions about being the eldest which suggest a certain pressure to be strong and support the rest of the family
    • The main contrast we picked up on , is how Heaney reacts and feels when he’s alone with his around other people compare to when he’s alone with his brother
  • 3. Imagery
    • The language Heaney uses to describe the setting makes it quite easy to visualise yourself in his shoes and follow the order of events.
    • The way he talks about ‘whispers’, ‘strangers’ and being embarrassed triggers something in our minds we can al relate to E.g. Being at a family occasion and feeling uncomfortable , saying and doing the ‘right’ thing not you true emotion at the time.
    • The way he talks about the events gives the impression of people ‘walking on egg shells’ not really sure what to say which can create an awkward tense atmosphere. And gives the image of lots of people standing and sitting at a wake looking uncomfortable.
  • 4. Tone
    • The language Heaney uses and the casual way the story is told gives the tone to be quite matter- of fact and impersonal.
    • He implies that his father is distraught, his mother is angry and everyone around him is ‘walking on eggshells’. But because of the lack of description about his personal feeling the tone sounds casual and indifferent until the last stanza where it appears to be more sad and even angry
  • 5. Structure
    • The poem is written in loose iambic pentameter with 3 line stanzas, until the last rhyming couplet.
    • The use of enjambment , which is when the sentences don’t finish at the end of the stanzas but are spoken until punctuation into the next.
    • This adds to the feeling of a time shift [see language]
  • 6. Language
    • The language Heaney uses is quite simple, so immediately you can emphasise with the situation.
    • The way he talks about his father crying, but had usually taken funerals in his stride tells you automatically that something tragic has happened.
    • The repetition of different times tells you the day has moved on and creates the feeling of a time moving slowly