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Mid-Term Break, by Seamus Heaney, 1966

"Mid-Term Break - Poetry Foundation." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation. Web. 19 May 2016.

What is the purpose of the simile in line 20, "He lay... his cot"?

A

By comparing the boy's coffin to a cot, or small bed, the author is emphasizing the family's poverty, as they cannot afford a beautiful coffin for their son. ​

B

By comparing the boy's coffin to a cot, or small bed, the author is emphasizing the age difference between the speaker and his de​ad brother.

C

By comparing the boy's coffin to a cot, or small bed, the author is using a simile to emphasize the hard "c" sound and call the reader's attention to the shock of the youn​g boy's death.

D

By comparing the boy's coffin to a cot, or small bed, the author is emphasizing the speaker's difficulty in believing that his brother is dead and not just sleeping. ​

E

By comparing the boy's coffin to a cot, or a small bed, the author is emphasizing the speaker's perspective that his brother was too young to die.

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