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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?


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


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.


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.


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


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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