Mid-Term break

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  • Mid-Term Break
    • Meaning
      • Death of Heaney's brother
      • coping with grief
    • Language
      • Time references
        • "All morning"
        • "two o'clock"
          • Makes pace slower - time passes slowly
            • Symbolises Heaney's frustration with waiting
        • at ten o'clock"
      • "my father crying-"
        • Unsettles him so unsettles us
          • Contrast to "digging" - strong farming men
        • recognises need to be strong - role reversal
          • responsibility - "shake my hand" "eldest"
          • confusing for Heaney - new territory
      • Becomes bitter about loss
        • Doesn't want responsibility
      • "Four foot box"
        • Fricative - bitter
          • Repetition shows his disbelief
        • ", a foot for every year"
          • enhances how unfair it is
            • contempt for death
    • Structure
      • start at school
        • Normal setting - world continues while you grieve
      • Last stanza
        • Isolated - shocks
          • second half emphasised because of comma
            • presented as a revelation
              • Short sentence = short life
      • Rhyming couplets
        • only last two lines
    • Form
      • Short stanzas to show how he doesn't know what to say
        • Overcome by emotions

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