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Comparison of "The Thought Fox" and "Pike".

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Comparison of "The Thought Fox" and "Pike" A former poet laureate, Ted Hughes, wrote the two renowned poems, thought fox and pike. Both of the poems are about animals. Pike was taken from a later collection of poems called "Lupercal," Which was published in 1960. However The Thought Fox is taken from an earlier collection of poems called "The Hawk In The Rain," Which was published in 1957. Hughes was following a long British tradition by writing his poems about animals and their surroundings. Hughes wrote his poems using animals because he felt it was the best way of expressing his thoughts and feelings. Hughes also wrote about animals to show what affect their actions had on him, he was also had a wide knowledge on animals. In thought fox Hughes used a fox to represent the creative process of the poem. ...read more.

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He then goes on to describe the eyes of the fox, and then the close movement it takes "Two eyes serve a movement" "Sets neat prints into the snow". Where as In pike Hughes describes the pike straight away in the first line "Pike, three inches long, perfect." He then goes on to describe the pikes mouth and its cannibalistic nature "the jaws hooked clamp and fangs", "Three were kept behind glass." and "suddenly there were two, finally one". Approaching the end off the poem Hughes describes to the reader how he is scared of the pike "with hair frozen on my head". All during Pike Hughes uses embellishment "As deep as England." The poetic technique that Hughes uses to describe the deeds, exquisiteness and manor of the animals is very superior. Pike is a very graphic poem, Thought fox on the other hand doesn't have much description at all, but I think the way Hughes wrote the Thought fox is a very fine technique, I think this because the way in which he used the fox to represent the imaginative process. ...read more.

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He uses this to describe how the wickedness of the pike comes out at night, also this is where Hughes is describing his past experiences of night fishing "that rose slowly towards me, watching." I would say that the two poems Pike and Thought Fox are exceptionally different all apart from the fact that they are both describing animals. I think this because the fox is not actually a fox but symbolizes the poets creative process, we no this because Hughes once said "thought fox is about a fox that is a fox that is not a fox" meaning by this that the fox represents the creative process. Where as in Pike the pike are very much real and Hughes is describing not only one pike but many pike all different stages in existence and sizes. My over all feelings on the poems are they both have very different but good techniques, but I would say that pike is the better of the two because e of the outstanding description used through out the poem. ...read more.

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