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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 effect of the word "Wearing" in line 19?

A

The word "Wearing" implies that the bruise is temporary, conveying the speaker's inability to grasp that his brother is truly dead.

B

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

C

The word "Wearing" is implies that he wears the bruise like a medal or badge of honor, suggesting that the speaker is proud of how his brother died.

D

The word "Wearing" is used to convey the sense of the child's life disappearing, or "wearing away," conveying the speaker's grief.

E

The word "Wearing" suggests an expression of peace on the child's face and characterizes the speaker as a religious person.

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