Essay on The Lesson and Mid-term Break
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Introduction to The Lesson and Mid-term Break
"The Lesson" tells the story of a 10 year old boy who has lost his father in the duration of school time. It goes on the say he's trapped and although he feels grief for the death of his father he realises that he can use the death to "bind the bullies' fist".
"Mid-Term Break" is about the loss of a brother. It goes on to say that life goes on even though he has lost his brother and he witnesses things he does not normally experience (his father crying).
The meaning of "Mid-Term Break" is to tell the story of an accident involving a young child and a vehicle. He tries to explain how life goes on and the death of the boy's brother doesn't mean that…show more content…
In the first stanza the poet uses lines to describe how the child sits alone without any idea about what is going on "Sat all morning" and
"counting bells knelling classes to a close". This shows he has been alone, sitting all morning. Also "counting bells knelling classes to a close" shows alliteration to allow the line to flow and shows that he's so bored that he's counting the school bells ringing (later we discover that kneeling is also the sound a funeral bell, a glimpse of what is to come). Also the boy comes across another unforeseen incident " Neighbours drive me home" This shows something extremely uncommon and shows the importance of the circumstance that even his parents cant pick him up. At this stage so many things must be going through the boys mind and he must be very confused.
The next stanza starts with another uncommon sight "in the porch I met my father crying". This shows that it must be very a serious incident that even his father, someone who is supposed to never cry and always show his strong side, has been broken by all that has happened. It even goes on to say that "he had always taken funerals in his stride" so this particular circumstance must be much more serious than all the other funerals he had ever been to.
The next stanza begins with "the baby cooed and rocked the pram" not only does this use onomatopoeia (cooed) but also implies that life goes on and the bay is completely oblivious to the
Show MoreReading a story or poem about death is usually sad and overtly predictable. However, Seamus Heaney inverts this mundane typicality to deliver a poem shrouded in mystery. The main aspects of Heaney's poem Mid-Term Break are the plot development and how the diction sets the somber tone that slowly reveals the mystery.
One technique Heaney uses is diction, which aids in plot development. In the first stanza he uses words that draw out the stanza and make it seem to last a long time. In the first line the use of the word all drags out the line. The sense of time is apparent in this first stanza. The second line, Counting bells knelling classes to a close, uses words that describe him listening and counting the bells that…show more content…
The third stanza changes the focus from who died to the people gathered at the home. The baby cooed and laughed and rocked the pram. This line seems irrelevant in the development of plot but actually it provides detail and aids in contradicting the somber tone. It sheds light on a sad subject of which the reader is not yet fully aware. This stanza also helps draw out the plot so that the reader is still wondering what happened. The third and fourth stanzas describe what usually takes place in the homes when family members die. This aids in the development of plot because it is subtly letting the reader know that it was someone in the family but obviously not the father because he was crying and it was not the baby. Could it be the mother? Whispers informed strangers I was the eldest, Away at school, as my mother held my hand. This line tells a lot. Knowing that he is the eldest still supports the theory that maybe his mother or a grandparent died, but it is obviously not his mother. Who could it be?
The fifth stanza begins with his mother holding his hand and coughing out angry tearless sighs. The reader still does not know what is going on for sure. Action and major plot development occurs in the next line, At ten o clock the ambulance arrived with the corpse, stanched and bandaged by the nurses. The time is now ten o clock, so a lot of time has passed since two o clock, which is actually seen in the poem with the diction,