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Seamus Heaney's poem, "Mid-Term Break," describes a family's response to the death of a four year old child. The poem is narrated by the child's elder brother, who at the beginning of the poem is collected from college by his neighbors.

In the fifth stanza, the dead boy is brought home by the ambulance. The body of the boy is described as "stanched and bandaged," implying that the injuries sustained by the boy were very serious. The elder brother notes that the ambulance arrived at "ten o'clock." In the first stanza he notes that his neighbors collected him from college at "two...

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