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GCSE: Ted Hughes
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In the jaguar Ted Hughes makes us aware of his dislike of zoos and the imprisonment of animals and the feelings they encounter, boredom, hope and loneliness. Within horses the poet informs us about his fascination with the shire horse. He describes them as 'like a magic power'. This fascination has been lifelong, from some 'childish hour' to the present time. The poet is fascinated with their strength and beauty, with their 'conquering hooves' on 'great hulks'. Throughout the poem there is also a sense that the poet does not fully understand these 'mute ecstatic monsters.'
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This is reflected in the image at the end of the poem - 'The sun is behind me.' This gives a very powerful image of the hawk stood proudly on a branch with the sun shining in a halo around his head, surveying his land below him. It shows the hawk as an important god-like figure. Hughes uses other imagery in the poem to show the hawk is violent; he is well able to do all the killing he wants to.
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Which section of Ted Hughes ‘Grief’s for Dead Soldiers’ did you find the most interesting? Explain your answer by a close examination of this section and a comparison with the ideas he expresses in the rest of the poem.
The reason Hughes does this is to make this section seem greater and more powerful. Hughes also includes lots of metaphors and similes to build up exaggerated images and descriptions. One of the similes Hughes uses is when he compares the crowds to a painting of terror, waiting for the approaching planet to end the world. One of the metaphors Hughes includes in this section is when he compares the air to stone, this is because the silence and the stillness of everything around the cenotaph makes the air feel still, solid and heavy, like a stone.
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Lucille Clifton (p. 286) and Langston Hughes (p. 124) do an excellent job at briefly describing some of defining events and present them in a way that makes the reader active in the experience. In reading Clifton's poem "For de Lawd," I recalled some of the stories that my grandmother told me about her childhood. The old-time music playing in the back while the family goes about it's daily routine and the mother of the house being the backbone of the house and supporting it too, both of which were briefly covered in the poem.
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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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How does Ted Hughes convey the ruthless power and violence in animals through the poems “Pike” and “Hawk Roosting”?
But to understand the real meaning of the poem we have to read the first stanza of the poem. The repetition of the word "pike" in the very first line shows us the importance the pike gives to himself. We now know that the poem is going to be on the pike's lust for power and the path it will take to achieve it. The title of the second poem I am doing is "Hawk Roosting. It is quite a good title. It deceives the reader because when we first read the title we get an impression that it is going to be a poem about a hawk that is resting.
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“A pink wool knitted dress,” by Ted Hughes and “Sonnet XLIII” (43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
One might consider it to be reminiscent of Shakespeare's blank verse it could of course also be modern style free verse. This poem itself focuses on Hughes' wedding day. In the initial verses, he talks about himself, about the absence of his family, his best man who was the sexton and then about his bride. The wedding doesn't seem particularly well organized, a common characteristic of many weddings which took place in the months following the Second World War. It is so ill organized that he has to "requisition" the sexton as his best man.
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Discuss the techniques that L.P Hartley and Ted Hughes employ to evoke memory in ‘The Go-Between’ and ‘Birthday Letters’
This is evident in 'A Pink Wool Knitted Dress', the poem is about the day he and Plath were married and how he looks forward 'From under her watchtowered searchlit future.' A reference such as this, which also looks at fate and destiny isn't uncommon in the all-transcending style that Hughes wrote in.
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This divergent form of language is softer and calmer, which diverts the poem towards the events after the war and what happens to the soldiers after the county has used them up in their battle for freedom. This point of the split stanzas can be supported by the layout of the poem. The layout of the poem is set in four stanzas each containing four lines. The first two stanzas only contain a full stop in the last line as the form of punctuation, whereas stanzas three and four have full stops at the end of each line.
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The poet is fascinated by their strength and beauty, with their 'conquering hooves' on 'great hulks'. Throughout the poem there is also a sense that the poet does not fully understand these 'mute ecstatic monsters.' This is probably because he does not understand his own fascination with these strange beasts but he understands that he will miss them with the coming of the industrial revolution. The poem is also about the end of mans harnessing of nature to further themselves. The poem the jaguar introduces us to the jaguar in captivity and it's feelings. Ted Hughes is definitely against zoos and more generally the imprisonment of animals.
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Hughes obviously live in the country and has an obsession with solitude. 'The Warm and the cold' and 'Work and Play' are both two poems that use contrasts to show differences. Just by looking at the titles you can see contrasts. 'Work and Play' is interesting as the people are suppose to be playing and the swallow workings but the way the poem is set out it shows the swallow as having all the fun and the people having a disaster of a day.
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In the first stanza he also shows his fear of them by saying that they are ?killers from the egg: the malevolent aged grin?, this phrase coupled with the next line shows the pike as devilish killers, who have no choice in the fact that they kill, yet take pride in knowing that they have killed; pike are horrifying, destructive and fearful monsters. Their ?malevolent aged grin? coupled with ?hooked clamp and fangs/Not to be changed at this date? conjure the image of a terrifying, emotionless killing machine with a permanent glum expression, that will not let go of its prey once it has sunk its teeth in.
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Full Moon and Little Frieda, written by Ted Hughes, is about the memory of little Frieda, at two years old,
The assonance in the third stanza, ?wreaths of breath,? gives a very breathy sound when read. This could be shown as a sense of fascination on the father?s part where he is so astounded by his daughter that he is breathless. Another example of assonance refers to the fourth stanza when Frieda cries, ?Moon! Moon!? The repetition of the ?oo? sound sounds as though she is exclaiming in fascination at the moon now that she has realized its existence. ?A spider?s web, tense for the dew?s touch,? is a metaphor referring to Frieda?s fascinated mind and how it seems to trap the images around her, as well as it being delicate, being a young mind.
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The poet describes the effect the weather is having on the environment and the inhabitants of the house. He uses lots of imagery to do this, for example the personification of the wind as a herd of stampeding animals, the quivering fields, the grimacing skyline and the stones that cry out. The poem is full of other techniques too; 'The house has been far out to sea all night' and 'I scaled along the house side' just two of the countless metaphors. Ted Hughes also uses plentiful amounts of similes; 'the wind is flexing like the lens of a mad eye', 'a black-back gull bent like an iron bar slowly' and 'the house rang like some fine green goblet'.
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The hawk, which is the main focus or center of Ted Hughess Hawk Roosting, embodies both characteristics of man and nature, demonstrating how the two intertwine
The opening line of the poem itself sets the theme, as the hawk appears to be resting (?roosting?) and is at a high position, ?the top of the wood?. Hughes uses words such as ?convenience?, ?allotment? and ?buoyancy?, which represent the ease of savagery and the hawk?s (man?s) self-centered attitude, which comes with the power that it personifies. A clear connection to humanity can be demonstrated by dictatorship, particularly fascism. Often dictators are ?roosting? when they come to their position of ultimate power and superiority, as well as biting the hands that feed them.
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