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  1. Ted Hughes, the thought fox, is an effective poem on both a literal and a symbolic level. Would you agree?

    The thought fox is a poem about writing a poem. He is alone at the loneliest time of the night, and the most mysterious - midnight. He is a writer, as we can tell from line 4, where he mentions "this blank page where my fingers move" He is obviously waiting for the right idea or right words to enter his mind. The speaker's imaginative setting is the "midnight moment's forest" which we can contrast with his actual setting, a domestic one with the clock ticking.

    • Word count: 2046
  2. Poetry Comparison - 'Telephone Conversation' by Wole Soyinka and 'Ballad of the Landlord' by Langston Hughes.

    But when he rings on the phone, she tells him the flat is free before being told by the character, who is anxious not to make a wasted journey, that he is black. The landlady asks how dark he is as if his depth of colour makes a difference. Langston Hughes has a different background, having been born and raised in America. His parents divorced when he was young so he went to live with his grandmother. After graduating he went to Columbia University.

    • Word count: 2161
  3. Using a Selection of 20th Century Poems Compare and Contrast the Treatment of Nature and the Environment In the Works of the Poets You Have Chosen

    The first poem I am going to look at is "Blackberrying" by Sylvia Plath (1932-1963). In the poem Plath is describing herself walking down a lane with blackberry bushes all down each side and she picks some. She expects the sea to appear from around the corner at some point. The poem is mainly describing the environment around her at the time. At the start of the poem the word "blackberry" is mentioned several times. This seems to show how overwhelming the blackberries are and how many of there are.

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