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Compare And Contrast the Ways in Which Ted Hughes and John Keats respond to Nature And Animals in their Poetry.

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Compare And Contrast the Ways in Which Ted Hughes and John Keats respond to Nature And Animals in their Poetry Ted Hughes and John Keats are two different poets with similar ideas for their poetry. They both write about nature and animals in their poetry but each have different views on nature and animals. Ted Hughes writes about nature as a dominant force but John Keats has more peaceful views on nature. In this piece of coursework I will compare and contrast the poems done by Ted Hughes, which are 'The Wind', 'October Dawn', 'Hawk Roosting' and 'The Jaguar', with the poems written by John Keats, which are 'Ode to a Nightingale' and 'To Autumn'. Each poet uses a selection of Alliteration, Assonance, Caesura, Similes, Metaphors, Oxymoron, Onomatopoeia, Enjambment and Personification to get their views across about nature and animals. Ted Hughes writes about nature as a very powerful and dominant force. To do this he portrayed it through the elements, and animals. ...read more.

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"First a skin, delicately here Restraining a ripple from the air;" And it also gives a sense of power and dominance to the element involved in this poem, Ice. "...While a fist of cold Squeezes the fire at the core of the world" This last quotation from October Dawn is saying that the cold has power enough to freezes the fire at the centre of the earth. October, written by Ted Hughes, is a different view of autumn to John Keats. While Ted Hughes portrays a cold and icy view of autumn. "...While a fist of cold Squeezes the fire at the core of the world" Ted Hughes makes autumn be the beginning of winter. John Keats, however, gives a warm and happy feeling of autumn, as if it is the end of summer. "For summer has o'er-brimmed their clammy Cells." John Keats gives nature a more tranquil and peaceful view of nature. "Dance, and Provencal song, and sunburnt mirth!" (Ode to a Nightingale) ...read more.

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The airs buoyancy and the sun's ray Are of advantage to me: And the earth's face upward for my inspection." Both poets make good use of alliteration, assonance, caesura, similes, metaphors, oxymoron, onomatopoeia and enjambment. In Wind, Ted Hughes uses much enjambment to add more dramatic effect. "Floundering black astride and blinding wet Till day rose;" "Our hearts and cannot entertain book, thought, Or each other." In the first one it is as if wind has carried on through the verse onto the next. Ted Hughes also uses powerful metaphors, similes and personification. "Winds stampeding the fields..." (Wind) "...Ice Has got its spearhead into place." (October Dawn) John Keats, however, uses a wide selection of everything, but does not use as much personification as Ted Hughes. I conclude that Ted Hughes has a quite different writing style to John Keats. Ted Hughes gives the impression of nature being a juggernaut that none can stand in its way and very powerful and often violent, where as John Keats offers the other personality of nature and how peaceful and gentle it can be. ...read more.

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