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Comparing Seamus Heaney Poems Follower, Mid Term Break, And Digging

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In this essay I will be comparing three Seamus Heaney poems we looked at in class these are called, “Follower”, “Mid-term Break” and, “Digging”.
There are differences as well as similarities, the similarities include: they are all poems about and set in Seamus’ childhood memories
In addition, all the poems more or less use some of the same poetic devices and techniques like: onomatopoeia and some of the same characters appear in all three poems such as like: Seamus (himself obviously) and his father.

The differences include the fact, “Mid-term break” which is more emotional in my personal opinion.
And is about a completely different situation then, “Follower” and, “Digging”, which are set on the farm Seamus lives on and is about him watching his father while he works on the farm and how Seamus feels about him.
While the overall situation in, “Mid-term break,” is that Seamus’ four-year-old brother has died. He is taken out of the Collage, “Sickbay” or first aid room where he is waiting to be taken to his little brothers funeral by his next door neighbours they are picking him up for two possible reasons:
A) There is no mention of Seamus’ family having a car.
B) Even if Seamus’ family had a car the farther would not be fit to drive because Seamus sees his dad on the Porch crying because of his lost of a son if he was to drive he would be thinking about his son instead of the road ahead and behind him and might end up being buried with his son and the last thing the family needs is another death but more accurately it is the last thing the wife needs because she would have lost not just her four year old son but also her husband as well, leaving her with only Seamus and herself.

The first Seamus Heaney poem I will look at in this essay is, “Mid-
Term break,” the most emotional of the three poems and the one people who have been to a funeral can relate to.
“Mid-term break”, is a poem about one of Seamus Heaney’s most upsetting and disturbing memories of his childhood, going to his first ever funeral and it being his only bother who was just 4 years old you had just become what do you call them these days err…oh that’s it, an infant would not have made it any better for Seamus, plus the fact the room was full of strangers shaking his hand and telling him they were sorry about the tragedy that had fallen upon his family and whispers about him informed them he was the eldest made him very embarrassed and scared enough to hold his mothers hand,

“ I was embarrassed
By old men standing up to shake my hand

And tell me they were ‘sorry for my trouble’.
Whispers informed strangers I was the eldest,
Away at school, as my mother held my hand.”

I mean, how would you feel if you went to a funeral for the first time wouldn’t you frightened and embarrassed of the strange people coming up to you shaking you’re hand talking to you because you did not know any of them, and it was you’re only brother(s) or sister(s) or even...

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