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Examine the ways in which Ted Hughes writes about nature.

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8th April 2001 Examine the ways in which Ted Hughes writes about nature. For the purpose of this essay I have studied three poems written by Ted Hughes; "Roe Deer", "The Thought Fox" and "The Horses". They have a common theme of wild animals and the element of awe for them and their surrounding environment is evident in Hughes' writing. Hughes tries to look deep into the minds of animals and wants the reader to share in the same experience that he had. He shows this in the "Thought Fox" by using delicate and inspiring language such as, " delicately as the dark snow" he makes it seem so real that we feel that we were present at the moment he saw the fox. This is very similar in both "Roe-Deer" and "The Horses" along with the feeling that one of them is in the wrong place at the wrong time, "They had happened into my dimension". ...read more.

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This gives the reader a feeling of sparseness, which is reflected in his writings and the way it makes you believe it was written on the spur of the moment. The irregular stanza length shown in both "Roe-Deer" and "The Horses" helps to enhance this feeling. There is one line in both of these poems written as a stanza of its own. In " Roe-Deer" it is, "The deer had come for me" and in "The Horses" it is, "Of a grey silent world". These two single lined stanzas help compliment the others and help to bring about a change in the rhythm therefore they are the climax of the poem. This is the turning point in each poem where Hughes reveals his feelings towards nature, we then gain an insiders view. In "The Horses" this line gives us an insight into the life and world of the horses.. Their world is a world of silence and solitude, but still they are as strong as can be. ...read more.

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They know that they can't control it and therefore are mentally lost. We cannot perceive what the life of an animal must be like. They are all around us, big or small and Hughes wants us to recognise that point and hopefully show nature and its beauty in an interesting way. The powerful images of animals portrayed through these three poems make us realise that Hughes has truly experienced these encounters. He writes to enable the reader to be touched by his feelings and share these experiences. He wants us all to share in the same bond and love for animals that he has even if it is just through his poetry. He seems to have learnt through experience not to take animals at face value, and wants us to do the same. Hughes himself knows that we may never truly understand nature and such meetings as these, but through his poetry we can start to appreciate its wonders and how we should be a part of it. ...read more.

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