Compare The Ways By Which Heaney Conveys His Thoughts And Feelings in Mid-Term Break and Death of a Naturalist

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However the title, Mid-Term Break is much more subtle, even though it is the more awful of the two poems, it doesn’t seem that way in the title. However, upon further inspection of the titles, you can appreciate that Death of a Naturalist could have two meanings. The title could either mean the physical death of a person attached to nature, a naturalist, or it could mean the death of a naturalistic personality beheld inside the person in question...
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In Death of a Naturalist Heaney uses line breaks to maximum effect. In the first line of the first verse, Heaney writes, “All year the flax-dam festered in the heart”. He ends the line on a bit of a cliff-hanger as you don’t know who the heart belongs too and also the word ‘festered’ makes the ‘flax-dam’ sound like a cancer of the heart...
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