fafasfda this is all about how i grew up in a world of terror and humanity is at risk because of this global crisis that we face in our lives today. So please, stop what you are doing, and try to find easy solutions to reducing your impact to the world. The description of the dead boy is a very soft, delicate description and phrases such as 'snowdrops and candles soothed the bedside' represent calmness and purity - suggesting he's in a safer place now? However, the last line does not soften the blow for either the narrator or the reader and we realize the actual horrific circumstances surrounding the death. This poem is important for showing how death not only affects the narrator of the poem but also of the family and community. His father is seen crying (very different to strong depictions of him in 'Digging' etc), almost vulnerable. The poem links well to loss of innocence as it forces young Heaney to grow up quickly and try to be the strong one, as the men shake his hand (line 9). The other thing I like is the last lines "No Gaudy scars, the bumper knocked him clear/ a four foot box, a foot for every year" The rhyme and measured rhythm of this quote is reminiscent of a children's rhyme or clapping game played in the school yard. The event it is describing however, the death of a 4yr old child, is quite horrific. When the innocence of the child is emphasized by the rhyme in this way it makes the idea of its death even more confronting for the reader.