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Comparing the way two poets, John Claire and Ted Hughes, write about the theme of nature and the season of summer.

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English Coursework Comparing Poetry Carly Moore, J6 Through out my essay, in which is to follow, I will be comparing the way two poets, John Claire and Ted Hughes, write about the theme of nature and the season of summer. The two poems that I am to study are Work And Play written by Ted Hughes and Summer Images written by John Claire in the 1800's. In both the poems the poets are talking directly to us (the reader). Although both poems are about summer and nature they are coming at us from very different points of view. In Work and Play Ted Hughes Talks directly to us about how nature in terms of the swallow deals with summer 'the swallow of summer she toils all the summer' and how nature in terms of human beings deal with summer 'But the holiday people were laid out like wounded flat as in ovens roasting and basting'. He makes the comparison between the beauty of the swallow and ugliness of the humans throughout the poem. When thinking of summer one can't help but get a rosy picture in ones mind, the beach, the sun, and the fun!! But Hughes paints a more realistic picture for us. ...read more.


There are seven stanzas that are practically identical in rhyme, scheme and structure. In the poem the last two lines of each stances simultaneously rhyme ' His bright side scatters dew and early lark from its bustle flies, to hail his matin new; and watch him to the skies' The two poems are similar in the way of structure, each poem has a long flowing part then a shorter more dense part but they both use different techniques to get the feeling or sounds that they are after. In the poem Work and Play alliteration is applied a great deal 'the swallow of summer', 'the seamstress of summer', 'she scissors the blue into shapes and sews it'. Ted Hughes uses the repetition of the letter s and creates a rhyming type sound. Ted Hughes also applies some use as metaphor into his poem 'cars that crawl through the dust' 'nude as tomatoes'. Metaphor, in the poem Summer Images is John Claire's biggest technique he uses to get the feeling he desired into his poem 'Blossom play, and breathe Aeolians song', 'far spread the laughing sky', 'rich music breathes in summers every sound'. He also uses alliteration in his poem as well, much like Ted Hughes however he doesn't use nearly as much, 'sweet summer', 'side scatter'. ...read more.


The poem just seemed to long in my perspective. But over all understanding was the thing that I based my decision on. In this essay I was asked to compare the way Ted Hughes and John Claire write about the theme of nature. I was asked to write about the poet's attitude to their environment and the times in which they lived. After summing up my essay I conclude that in the time of writing Summer Images John Claire had a very one sided view of nature all he saw was the beauty and blocked out all of the nasty things (that in most cases are more natural than any think else) for example animals preying on one another. He just focused on the good things, 'silver lining to the sun', 'swallow heed on the smoke-tanned chimney-top'. He took any thing he wanted and made it sound nice and beautiful i.e. 'jetty snail'. To sum it up this poem was written by John Clair why wearing rose coloured glasses, but yet the typical view of the people in his time. However when Ted Hughes was writing Work and play he saw nature as it was, with extreme beauty but with extreme ugliness as well. He tells of the whole picture rather than just seeing one side. Which once again is how people of our time see things. ...read more.

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