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Wallace 1 Colton Wallace Professor Pederson ENG 2000 30 January, 2020 Cold, Hard Facts: Suffering What most people do not think about is the immense suffering that has been continuously growing day by day by every person that has stepped foot on this earth. Because of constant injury, death and troubles faced by every person, suffering and sorrow is an idea that everybody faces, no matter who they are or where they've come from. Throughout the works of Jack Gilbert, Seamus Heaney, and W. H. Auden, suffering is defined as an everyday struggle and many people do it alone. Because of this, suffering is something that can either be extraordinary or very small but in the end there is always a bright side to every situation, no matter the amount of devastation. Suffering is and always will be an issue in this world because of the constant demoralizing of people in everyday society. The first poem that depicts suffering is “Midterm Break” created by Seamus Heaney. The main plot of this poem is that a student comes home from college because he heard of the loss of his brother. Death is a concept that is mostly tied to suffering because losing a loved one is never easy to cope with. In this poem it states: “On the porch I met my father crying-/He had always taken funerals in his stride-”(Heaney 4-5). This quote helps depict that death mostly causes the biggest form of sorrow. In this case, this family is suffering together over the death of their son/brother but this is not always the case. Relating to current day, suffering can be seen everywhere. Many people are facing tragedy and pain on their own every single day. Back to the plot, the main character cannot withstand the death of her brother. After the ambulance drops off
Wallace 2 the corpse, she is unable to look at him until the next morning. Being in this state is not just

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