Using close reading techniques, develop an argumentative thesis for your analysis. Write a two-three-page paper that supports your thesis. At the end of the essay, provide a Writing Process Summation. This paper must have a Works Cited page, separate from the body of the essay. Insert a page break to make sure it is always on another page.

Poem: Seamus Heaney, “Mid-Term Break”
The poem by Seamus Heaney titled, “Mid-Term Break” is centered around grief that comes after the death of a family member. In the poem, Seamus Heaney who is the speaker avoided expressing his sadness but focused on describing the anguish felt by the people around him. The paper holds the claim that Seamus Heaney understated his sorrow in the poem.
The poet carefully hid his emotions in the poem, choosing instead to illustrate the pain felt by people around him regarding the death that occurred in his family. The poet appears to be in a state of denial. Firstly, the title “Mid-Term break” not only refers to the school holiday in the middle of the term but also points to the heartbreak or grief that came over the poet when the half-term vacation was just about to begin. In the first stanza, the poet describes the bells as knelling (line 2). The ringing of the school bell sounded to him as a knell. It signaled the coming funeral besides the end of a school day. Seamus Heaney used the events in the first stanza to give the reader a glimpse of the sad events that would follow. The use of the words like the sick area and “knelling” in the first stanza emphasized the theme of the poem. The second stanza introduces the reader to the grief that becomes more apparent in subsequent verses.
In the second stanza, Seamus Heaney found his father crying (line 4), which was unusual. The poet remembers his father to be an emotionally stable person in time of grief. The poet switches the preconceived characters of his parents making his mother appear stronger in the face of pain (line 13), while his father displayed emotion. Seamus Heaney used the situation at home to hide his grief instead choosing to focus on how his parents dealt with the death of the young family member. The poet drew comfort from his mother’s strength during the time of grief.
In the fourth stanza, Seamus Heaney used the happiness of the baby to show that the moment was not all about grief. It is evident that the child was pleased with seeing him again after a period and was unaware that death had occurred in the family. The poet further used the situation to hide his heartache. Also, the old men who joined the family in mourning did not succeed in making the poet show sadness. It surprised Seamus Heaney that the elders treated him as an adult, a situation which further made the poet hide his sadness. Seamus Heaney, further refused to break down in grief when he went to view his brother’s body. The poet instead emotionlessly explains how the accident that took his brother’s life occurred by using the line, “The bumper knocked him clear.” (line 21)
In conclusion, the poet understated his grief to bring out the pain felt by his family when his brother died. Also, the poet did not find an appropriate chance to let out his grief as his mind seemed preoccupied with the sight of his crying father, being treated as an adult, his mother appearing calm but bitter, and a happy baby. Seeing his father cry made the poet uncomfortable, the reception the old men gave him embarrassed the poet while the baby made him forget the pain. Also, the strength displayed by his mother was unusual but was comforting to the poet.
Writing process summation
In coming up with the paper, the author followed the process mentioned below. The first step involved reading the poem, analyzing the characters, and the roles each played. The action also included determining poetic devices used. The second phase included arranging the information gathered from the poem followed by developing a draft. The last stage was editing and checking the article for errors.

Works Cited
Heaney, Seamus. “Mid-Term Break.” The Norton Introduction to Literature. Kelly J. Mays, ed. New York: Norton, 2014. Print.