Directions: Reread the poems of James Dickey and Seamus Heaney pp. 123-125. Respond to the Journal Entry on p. 125; answer Textual Context questions, 1 and 4; define huddled, disencumbered, knelling, pram, stanched.
Journal Entry: What experiences, images, or associations with the death of a sibling can you bring to your reading of these texts?
The death of a sibling is something devastating. The thought of someone you grew up with not being there in the next second is unbelievable. I had a friend who was a brother to me. He taught me my foundations of life, from alphabets to table manners. When he died, I was devastated. I couldn?t understand why he was gone. I was in shock and it took me sometime to realize what happened. The death of him broke my heart and made me weak. Death of a sibling can not only tear you apart but also your family.
Textual Questions
1. ?To be dead, a house must be still.? In Dickey?s ?In the Tree House at Night,? does the speaker picture the tree house as dead or alive? What physical description of the tree house does the speaker include?
The speaker of the house picture the tree house to be alive. In Line 4 the author states that
4. What is Heaney?s ?Mid-term Break? about? How does the speaker?s tone affect your understanding of the poem?
The poem ?Mid-term Break? is about the death of a younger sibling. The author is called home from college only to find out that his four year old brother had died from a car crash. The news is shocking to him and all around there are people offering their condolences. The tone of the poem is somber and confused. The poet is overwhelmed by the news and it shows through the poem.
Definitions
- Huddled- to crowd together, to do hastily and carelessly (Brit)
- Disencumbered- to free from burden
- Knelling- sound of bell ringing especially for death or funeral
- Pram- baby carriage (Brit)
- Stanched- stop flow of liquid, firm or steadfast or loyal