Mid-term Break - Seamus Heaney
Themes: Death, Childhood and Family
The poem is an elegy, the meaning behind the poem was Heaney's younger brother funeral, he was away at school when his younger brother had died, this was his experience coming home from the funeral.
The mood of the poem is sombre and sorrowful, although at the start of the play the mood is omihous as Heaney is waiting to go home and is listening to the bells "knelling
The image of the younger brother in the 4 foot coffin is very striking "I saw him for the first time in 6 weeks, paler now, wearing a poppy bruise on his left temple" the contrast of the vibrant poppy bruise to his pale skin sticks in the readers mind. The scene of the room is soothing and calming "snowdrops and candles soothed the bedside". The snow drops represent the innocence of the brother, a spring time flower, for a child who died in the spring of his life
I hope theis helped :)