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What Does "Wearing" Imply?


Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney

"Mid-Term Break - Poetry Foundation." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation. Web. 19 May 2016. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/57041.

What is the effect of the word "Wearing" in line 19?


The word "Wearing" implies that the bruise is temporary, like a piece of clothing. This conveys the speaker's inability to grasp that his brother is truly dead.


The word "Wearing" relates to the car accident and how the bruise was acquired. It conveys the idea that the speaker blames the driver of the car for his brother's death.


The word "Wearing" is meant to imply that he wears the bruise like a medal or badge of honor. This conveys the idea that the speaker feels proud of how his brother died.


The word "Wearing" is used to convey the sense of the child's life disappearing, or "wearing away." This conveys the speaker's sense of acceptance about his brother's death.


The word "Wearing" is used to convey the expression of peace on the child's face. This characterizes the speaker as a religious person.