Brings the Whole Soul into Activity

Posted: February 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Author: Seamus Heaney

URL: Seamus Heaney 


This poem undoubtedly stirs some feeling in the heart. A brother away at college, only to return home for the funeral of his little 4 year old brother. A four foot box, a foot for every year. Indeed he was too young to die, too young. 


One cannot help but feel intense sympathy for this family because everyone understands the pain of loss.  Even the father in the poem, a man of few words was sobbing. Anger will also be felt because of the way the death happened. It was an accident, yes. And especially when a young one’s life was robbed way before its peak. 


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