The Way Poets Present Ideas of Death and Loss in Mid-Term Break, On the Train, On My First Sonne and The Affliction of Margaret

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The Way Poets Present Ideas of Death and Loss in Mid-Term Break, On the Train, On My First Sonne and The Affliction of Margaret
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In the poems 'Mid-Term Break' by Seamus Heaney, 'On The Train' by Gillian Clarke, 'On My First Sonne' by Ben Jonson and 'The Affliction of Margaret' by William Wordsworth, all of the poets convey a loss or death, experienced by either the poet themselves, or other people too. In 'Mid-Term Break', Seamus Heaney experiences the loss of his younger brother (he is four years old: 'a four foot coffin, a foot for every year'). In 'On The Train', Gillian Clarke writes about the Paddington rail crash, on 5th October 1999 in which 31 people were killed and over 500
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He is reminded that he is the eldest, and as such is now treated more as a man than a child. The effect of the death has a large effect on the family: 'In the porch I met my father crying' this is ironic, as his father had 'always taken funerals in his stride'. The use of language adds to the effect of the poem: 'wearing a poppy bruise on his left temple'. Heaney uses the metaphor of a poppy marking the bruise on his head because poppies are used to commemorate and respect those who have lost their lives in conflict, and generally signify death and remembrance. Heaney starts off using simple language, and the phrase: 'at ten o'clock the ambulance arrived with the corpse, stanched and bandaged by nurses' suggests a detachment of Heaney, from the events, and helplessness as all that he can do is watch. Simple language such as: 'corpse' suggests an inability for Heaney to express his feelings, and is also the first confirmation that we have of a death. The sentences and language used by Heaney soon change from simple structures to that of a complex structure, representing the discovery of his feelings towards the tragedy: 'Snowdrops and candles soothed the bedside; I saw him the first time in six weeks' this is an example of a complex sentence used by Heaney and also shows how he is addressing his feelings.

'On The Train' was written by Gillian Clarke, about the tragedy that

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