Mid Term Break

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  • Created on: 01-02-15 13:22
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  • Midterm Break
    • Quotes
      • "Counting bells knelling classes to a close."
        • There is a sense of boredom as he counts the bells
        • connotes to funeral bells
      • 'The baby cooed and laughed’
        • shows the lack of understanding
        • It seems it is the adults who are most upset
        • Baby is innocent of all knowledge and reacts normally; life goes on
      • "In the porch I met my father crying; He had always taken funerals in his stride
        • Crueller than most deaths as the child was so young.
        • Emphasises how personal this experience was to them
      • "A hard blow"
        • how hard it was for the family
        • how the child was killed, being hit by a car
      • "As my mother held my hand  In hers and coughed out angry tearless sighs"
        • Mother holding hand appears to be comforting him
        • Yet next stanza we see her as the one who is upset, as if he is comforting her
      • "Snow drops And candles soothed the bedside"
        • symbolic of life
      • He lay in the four foot box as in his cot.
        • He calls the coffin a box  because he doesn't believe he's really dead
    • Structure
      • Enjambment
        • Poet is held together on the outside, under the surface he is struggling to cope
      • Split into 7 equal length stanzas of three lines
        • showing that he is very held together and at this point not emotional
      • In the last line he breaks out of the pattern with a single line
        • showing that he has finally reached the point of being able to face up to his emotions
    • Language
      • All in past tense
        • recounting the events that have happened, without giving his own response to it
      • "cot"
        • shows cruelty, as he should be safely in his cot


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