Heaney's Childhood Memories in Poems Mid-Term Break and Follower

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Heaney's Childhood Memories in Poems Mid-Term Break and Follower Seamus Heaney is an established Irish poet who was born on April 13th 1939. He was the oldest of nine children and was brought up on a remote farm in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He has a lot of typically Irish memories which he includes in his poems. The three main memories that he brings up in the two poems 'Mid-Term Break and 'Follower' are the death of his brother Christopher, farm life and breaking the family tradition. At 18, Heaney left his small village to pursue his English career, unaware of just how talented a poet he was. It wasn't until he attended Queens College to study a degree in English and got involved with…show more content…
Heaney is able to do this by not showing any emotion at all from himself, but from other people's reactions to the circumstances. Heaney actually wrote this poem 13 years after the incident, so it is clear this has deeply affected him emotionally. There are many people in 'Mid-Term Break'. Each of these people is significant. Heaney is the most important, because the poem is describing his memory. However, because Heaney is writing as an observational poet, without the other characters emotions, the poem would be bland and without feeling. In the first stanza, you find out that it is written in the first person narrative and the persona is most likely to be Heaney himself. It begins in the college sick bay, where Heaney has been waiting all morning, not knowing why. At this point, Heaney could be feeling bored, isolated and lonely. It would give him time to analyse the situation, and think why he had been sent there. The poem suggests he was there for a long time by using phrases like: 'I sat all morning....' and 'Counting bells knelling classes to a close.' The first phrase used obviously referred to how long he had been there, but the second was a little harder to fathom. If he was 'counting bells knelling classes', this would mean several classes have already started. Due to the large time gap between each

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