Mid Term Break Poem Analysis

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“Mid-Term Break” by Seamus Heaney and “Report to Wordsworth” by Boey Kim Cheng present a situation of crisis and both convey the significance of life and death to the reader through real-life examples. Heaney’s autobiographical “Mid-Term Break” highlights the childhood trauma in experiencing a death, whilst in “Report to Wordsworth” Cheng presents a pessimistic view on Nature’s future in response to 19th century environmentalist William Wordsworth’s work. Nature’s fast-paced progression towards death due to human negligence is expressed and comparisons to the beauty of the environment in Wordsworth’s work are included with shades of Wordsworth’s work such as “Composed upon Westminster Bridge”. The grief and devastation that a young death can cause on a family are sensitively represented in “Mid-Term Break”. Heaney’s father, a patriarchal figure, is completely broken down by enjambment in “In the porch I met my father crying-He had always taken funerals in his stride”, indicating that the…show more content…
The poem begins by “You should be here, Nature has need of you.” A direct and firm tone of accusation used clearly depicts his disappointment towards mankind’s inconsiderate actions. Portraying the flowers as “mute” gives the sense that they are voiceless, suffering in silence. The alliterative “s” in “Smothered by smog” heightens the sense of suffocation and a lack of oxygen-something indispensable. The images of silent and dull nature illustrate a monotonous world, putting prominence to themes of exasperation and despair and emphasizing the intimidating authority that mankind believes they have over nature. Read in context, the metaphor “The birds are few in a sky slowing like a dying clock” slows the passage of time and denotes not only the fast-paced diminishing of nature and wildlife but also meagre time to salvage the abused
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