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Mid-Term Break, by Seamus Heaney, 1966

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

In the context of the entire poem, what is the purpose of the third stanza (lines 7-9)?

A

To raise questions as to whom this baby belongs.

B

To establish the speaker's role in his family.

C

To emphasize the never-ending cycle of life.

D

To prepare the reader for the innocence of the speaker's dead brother.

E

To create a rhythm that is then repeated throughout the rest of the poem.

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