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Irish Poems
Mid-term Break – Seamus Heaney (1939)
- Writes about theme’s in life
Poem about = dead, loss, sadness, feelings, grief
Seamus loses his 4 year old brother (Christopher), when he crossed the streets. Seamus is coping with his feelings. Title = Mid-term Break, the boy was taken out of school for a mid-term break, because something bad happened. Writing style = The writer describes what he sees/experiences. Not what he feels, he is observing (his parents, because the boy is very young)

- Emotional power derives in large measure from the fact that Heaney is very muted and understated with respect to his own emotional response => chooses to focus more upon reaction of parents, in order to convey shocking impact of death of little boy

Alliteration = Counting knelling classes close / four foot / foot for Rhyme = End rhyme => clear + year
Assonance = drove + home
Play on words = hard blow

Words
knelling = ringing church bell, someone died
sick bay = room, sanctuary
The boy is old enough to understand death, but not experienced enough to understand customs of funeral / describing events as if he travels a strange land

in his stride = deals with it calmly (inside), now shows emotions ‘sorry for my trouble’ = how people respond / react to dead In hers and coughed out angry tearless sights = Can’t show feelings yet Snowdrops = hang, sadness, white (heaven/peace), flowers in the room poppy bruise = klaproos, delicate, red

Four feet = four years, how long the brother lived

Irish Short story’s
The pedlar’s revenge
- Liam O’Flaherty 1896-1984
1. What do we learn about Old Paddy Moynihan from the story? Old Paddy Moynihan was 79 years old and a fat man. When he was young he bullied the Pedler. He didn’t had family, his wife died.

2. What is striking about Finnerty’s and Peter Lavin’s eye-witness accounts?

3. Mention some of the unusual and horrible details in the eye-witness accounts.

4. What is ivy, and what...
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