Summary of 3 Poems I Studied for Junior Certificate.

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This is a summary of three poems that I have studied for the Junior Certificate.

The first one that I have studied is ‘Shall I Compare Thee?’ a sonnet written by William Shakespeare. It is number 18 of 154 sonnets that he has written. A sonnet usually consists of 14 lines but no stanzas, this sonnet also have a rhyming couplet.

The theme of this poem is true beauty. In the poem, the poet examines summer as a metaphor for love. The poet believes that summer is not as similar to love, as you might expect it to be. This is clear because in the first few lines the poet asked “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” and to that he gave a reply “Thou art more lovely and more temperate”. This means that his love is more lovelier and
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The part in this poem, that I like, is when in the two final lines, the poet expresses the conclusion of the poem by saying that “So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see. So long lives this, and this gives life to thee”.
I like this entire poem so therefore I do not dislike any parts of the poem.

The second poem that I have studied is ‘Mid-term break’ written by Seamus Heaney. It is a nostalgic type of poem, where the poet remembers a sad event that had happened when he was in boarding school. He tells how he was at school one day waiting for somebody to come and pick him up, and “at two o ’clock his neighbours drove him home”. This is strange and strikes a strong feeling of suspicion to the readers, that something strange has happened at home that his parent/s were not able to pick him up.

He came home to meet his father on the porch crying, this is also strange for “he had always taken funerals in his stride”. And meeting big Jim Evans who said, “It was a hard blow”. As the poet went into his house, elders and strangers greeted him and telling him, “They were sorry for his trouble”. His mother was coughing out angry tearless sighs; this is probably due to crying too much that she had no tears left to cry.
As the ambulance arrived with the stanched and bandaged corpse, the corpse was left into a room. Later we discovered
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