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A Comparison of Seamus Heaney's Mid-Term Break and Digging Essay

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A Comparison of Seamus Heaney's Mid-Term Break and Digging I'm comparing two poems by Seamus Heaney- 'Mid-Term Break' and 'Digging'. Both of the poems are written about his childhood and his family. The first poem I used was 'Mid-Term Break', in which the simple and straight forward name 'Break' grabbed my attention indicating to me that this poem is going to be quite a positive experience, a rest from work, a time to relax. The beginning stanza, the first line reads, '' I sat all morning in the college sick bay? , which has connotation of melancholy, illness and distress implied in the term 'sick'. Also with all the reference to college the reader collects that the boy is at his late teens. Secondly, ? Counting bells knelling classes to a close? , the term 'knelling' in that line is associated with funerals and departure so that we get the sensation that something might be wrong and collect a sense of foreboding at what's to come. The final lineup, ? At two o?clock our neighbors drove me home? , is unusual, why are his acquaintances forcing him home and not his parents? The wonder why are his parents driving him home this raises the sense of foreboding. Also there is falling rhythm inside this stanza. In the next stanza, the lineup starts, ? From the porch I met my dad crying? , and this affirms to the reader that something is wrong, that something tragic has happened. The next line mentions that he chooses 'funerals' within his stride, and so that claims to me which he?s attended quite a lot of funerals although he?s not that outdated. The final line, ? And Big Jim Evans saying it was a difficult blow? , leads me to believe that Big Jim Evans is a buddy and also that he's quite big suggested from the adjective 'Big' to descri...

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