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Comparison of Hughes and Plath -Wuthering Hieghts.

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Comparison of Hughes and Plath -Wuthering Hieghts Wuthering heights is the title of both Ted Hughes' and Sylvia Plath's poem. Although their poems are about the same subject matter, it is necessary to compare these two because they are individuals who have very different opinions and interpretations to each other. Hughes writes about Wuthering Heights and its surroundings but mainly focuses on Sylvia, whereas she only describes her surroundings and appears to be by herself. The length of Hughes' poem is unusually long, rejecting the traditional structures of poetry. It consists of 4 paragraphs of all different lengths that lack basic structure and consistency. The 1st paragraph describes the surroundings and Sylvia's great enthusiasm for it. The sentences are reasonably short except when used the word 'then' the sentences suddenly become longer in a cumulative effect, primarily to exaggerate time. The poet retreats to short sentences again when talking about a new subject matter and uses this method in an alternative way. The 2nd Paragraph is very short and describes the decaying and desolate scenery accentuating time retrospectively. The 3rd paragraph compares Sylvia's ambitions with Emily's 'failed efforts'. This paragraph is also very short telling the readers that there really is no comparison, for Sylvia was 'twice as ambitious as Emily'. ...read more.

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This is a 'play on words' as not only does it mean innovative but Plath and Hughes wrote novels too. Much like Hughes, Plath uses the word 'browsing' as a double meaning. Firstly, as vegetation that animals are eating and secondly as surveying goods in leisurely manner, emphasising how the sheep have no significance of time. Words like 'singe' are onomatopoeic and help create a fiery atmosphere for the readers to imagine. Similarly Hughes uses onomatopoeias like 'flaking' and 'crumbling' to reinforce the idea of decay. He also has an interesting word choice. When the words 'midget', 'elvish' and 'dwarfish' are used to describe Emily's possessions the readers feel that not only is the poet over exaggerating but almost incorporating a sense of fairy tale and myth into the poem too. Hughes uses a moderate form of alliteration such as, 'transatlantic elation elated' and 'wuthering heights withering'which cleverly provides slight rhythm to the poem. Sylvia's strong use of colour paints a vivid and atmospheric picture in the readers mind, reflecting the poets observations and emotions. There is a distinct repetition of the word 'black' in both poems but in each case has a different effect to it. ...read more.

Conclusion

accompanied by the word 'weighting' suggests its like a burden, strong and overpowering. Hughes tone of voice seems irritated and impatient with the surroundings and especially with the tour guide, for 'he effervesced like...wine kept too long'. The constant detailed depiction of negative aspects of the surroundings such as 'floors were rubble of stone and sheep dropping' suggest a very pessimistic view. In strong contrast, Plath seems so overwhelmed with what she is observing that she is completely distracted and hasn't mentioned Ted Hughes. The intricate detail of her descriptions, suggest an overall optimistic view. 'The black slots of their pupils take me in.' Additionally, the mention of her feelings: '...they might warm me', presents her enthusiasm and energy of her presence in this location. There is also dramatic irony being used by Hughes when the guide mentions that 'writer were pathetic people' when the readers know that both Plath and Hughes were writers. In conclusion, reading both poems gives us a better understanding of how one location can seems totally different through someone else's eyes. Both Highes and Plath's poem are effective in their own ways. Plaths portrays her passion through dramatic and colourful imagery, whereas Hughes illustrates his bitterness through diction and exaggeration. Both have been successful in their intentions of provoking the readers to make their own interpretations and understandings of what is happening. ...read more.

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