Comparison Between Seamus Heaney's 'mid Term Break' And Liz Lochhead's 'the Prize'

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Even though all poets are different, many have very similar backgrounds and also the poem that they have written has the same effect. The two poems and poets that I have chosen to compare and contrast are Seamus Heaney's 'Mid-Term Break' and Liz Lochhead's 'The Prize'. Both poets lives in the United Kingdom and has been living for a long period of time (1939-200?), this tells us some information about their past and their cultural context, for example, they have lived through the tragic times of the Normandy invasion of 1944 and some poems of theirs are related to death or war.Seamus Heaney writes about his past in a number of poems and Liz Lochhead has also provided some poems about her past as well. The themes of these poems are the same, 'death', Heaney's poem has been set into three places (The sick bay, the house and his brother's room) but it seems that Lochhead's poem has just one location. Both poets have used the technique in which that when you start reading you do not quite understand but as you keep reading the image will become clearer and clearer, I think this is a remarkable technique that they have used as it'll make the reader more interested to the poem and want to find out how it would appear. Both poems have a very strong imagery effects and this is important as it will make you be a part of the poem yourself or have a more realistic effect, these imagery include 'The baby cooed' and 'Gold stars were favours given seldom as boiled sweets'.In Mid-Term Break, Heaney explains his past about his brother's (Christopher) death. There are three places that it was set in first was the sick bay, second was the house and third was in his brother's room. The two places that I preferred was the second and the third, this is because that when his father was crying at the porch, it gave the question that is he crying because of the tragic accident of his son or because he maybe crying because he wants to be by himself and when Heaney was in his brother's room, the imagery was good as it said that there are snowdrops and candles, this gives us more comforting imagery than there has been previously. The snowdrops in the room are like tears in shape. There are many important people in 'Mid-Term Break', Heaney is the most important as it is his memory, his parents are a key factor of the poem, and they bring out the emotion of the poem as well as showing that they care. This is shown in the quote 'My mother held my hand in hers'.The structure of the poem is quite important. The poem begins with him waiting to go home. This is when the reader is wondering what has happened....

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