Seamus Heany, s ^aEURoeMid-Term break^aEUR and Louis MacNiece, s ^aeuroei Prayer Before birth^aEUR are two poems, which differ from each other in many ways, including the authors, use of language, all of which will be explored in detail later in this response. Heany, s poetry conveys a strong and harsh environment with an effective use of soft and hard sounding assonance and alliteration to continuously change the mood of the poem. While Heany, s poetry delivers a harsh atmosphere, Louis MacNiece communicates more a sense of anger and frustration rather than pity or sadness. MacNiece, s ^aEURoePrayer Before Birth, ^aEUR use of a large amount of alliteration and assonance displays and strong internal rhythm within the poem, as these features are used regularly throughout the poem. One example of this is are the following lines ^aEURoeDo not let the bat or the rat or the stoat or the club footed ghoul come near me. ^aEUR A strong noticeable interior rhythm is sensed.
Heany, s uses this rhythm to show how life goes on without stopping. A hint of sardonic humour in the part ^aEURoeclub footed ghoul, ^aEUR as that is not what is imagined as a ghoul. MacNiece, s lack of punctuation throughout shows that he is trying to deliver a stream of consciences with the flow of words. While Heaney, s extensive use of punctuation allows the reader to stop and think about the poem. This is seen in the lines ^aeuroei the porch I met my father crying ^aEUR" He had always taken funerals in his stride. ^aEUR The use of ^aEUR~-^aEUR~ slows the poem down allowing the reader to think about what has happened.
All through ^aEURoePrayer before birth^aEUR is very loosely structured, showing no signs of external rhyming pattern, however a avid flow of each line into the next is observed as each statement of the poem flows into the next in specific parts of the stanza, s. An example of this is ^aEURoeWith water to dandle me, grass to grow for me, tree to talk to me, sky to sing to me, birds and a white light in the back of my mind to guide me. ^aEUR Impression of a path from one point to the next is perceived. While MacNiece, s poem doesn, t appear to have a tight structure giving a feeling of modern poetry, Seamus Heany, s ^aEURoeMid-term break^aEUR has a tight structure of seven three lined stanzas giving more an impression of the life of an adult, tight, hectic, with schedules, relating to the strings attached to daily life. Louis MacNiece, s considerable use of alliteration and assonance conveys the harshness of the real world and the frustration of a child not ready to be born. ^aEURoeI fear that the human race may with tall walls wall me, with strong drugs dope me, with wise lies lure me, on black racks rack me, in blood-baths roll me.
^aEUR In these lines a large and strong amount of assonance and alliteration is noticed ^aEUR" conveying effectively of what the unborn child knows or thinks that the human race will do to him. MacNiece uses assonance and alliteration to express anger, aggravation and in some places the atmosphere of the location where emphasis of hard or soft letters to enhance the effect is common. Seamus Heaney on the other hand uses alliteration and assonance to give an effect on the importance of time and to communicate the actual sound of what is happening. This is seen in the lines ^aEURoeI sat all morning in the college sick bay, Counting bells, knelling classes to a close.
At two ^aEUR~o, clock our neighbours drove me home. ^aEUR The repetition of the letter ^aEUR~c, gives the effect of time going slowly, with the word ^aEURoeknelling^aEUR conveying the sound of a bell, this combined the use of time communicates the feeling of a diary. Also Heany, s extensive use of time shows the importance of time in life. Heaney also successfully makes use of short sharp harsh words, in the lines ^aEURoeAnd big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow. ^aEUR Expressing the feeling of a hit after hit on the emotions with a break in the punches by using the word ^aEURoesaying^aEUR slowing the lines down before they start up again. MacNiece instead of using short and sharp words to convey harshness, he uses purely hard long harsh sounding words, mixed with old English words to convey his effect.
This is seen in the lines ^aEURoeWith strength against those who would freeze my humanity, would dragoon me in lethal automaton would make me a cog in a machine, ^aEUR the use of harsh words in these lines are very effectively communicated and the use of old words such as ^aEUR~dragoon, increases the effect of this. Also a example of a metaphor is seen in the lines ^aEURoemake me a cog in a machine, ^aEUR as it is not immediately noticed the effect, when discovered delivers a very inquisitive response as to why it is present. This metaphor does achieve the effect of comparison. Throughout ^aEURoePrayer Before Birth^aEUR a large use of personification is perceived, some examples of personification are seen in the lines ^aEURoemountains frown on me, lovers laugh at me, the white waves call me to folly and the desert calls me to doom, ^aEUR the use of personification in these lines directly delivers the effect of size and of the power of nature.
There is almost no use of personification in ^aEURoeMid-Term break^aEUR as it is noticed that it is not required. Heaney, s poem made me feel very sad and depressed some parts of the poem evoked pathos such as ^aeuroei four foot box, a foot for every year^aEUR this poem conveyed pure sadness through a very plain use of words for description. For instance in the lines ^aEURoeI saw him for the first time in six weeks. Paler Now. ^aEUR This use of simple language effectively allows the reader to imagine the child.
In ^aEURoePrayer before birth^aEUR a effect of repulsion toward the human race is sensed and throughout a effect of anger and frustration is experienced. ^aEURoePrayer Before Birth^aEUR and ^aEURoeMid-Term break^aEUR are two very diverse poems. While MacNiece, s ^aEURoePrayer before birth^aEUR delivers an effect of the rage and aggravation of a unborn child, Seamus Heaney, s ^aEURoeMid-Term break, ^aEUR gives more an effect of pity and grief for the reader. Heaney and MacNiece both use alliteration and assonance all through their poems to efficiently convey their messages. MacNiece uses more personification to express size and power and the magnitude of the circumstances and his lack of punctuation gives an effect of a stream of consciences.
Heaney expansively uses punctuation to decelerate the poem and allow the reader to think before continuing. Both poems extremely efficiently express the feelings of the poets.