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Full Moon and Little Frieda, written by Ted Hughes, is about the memory of little Frieda, at two years old,

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English Literature January 15th 2011 Victoria Levy ?Full Moon and Little Frieda,? written by Ted Hughes, is about the memory of little Frieda, at two years old, noticing various things around her and also identifying the moon. Hughes conveys a sense of fascination throughout the poem through certain devices, metaphysical aspects and through the structure. The poem is a lyrical poem, which also adds to the fascination as lyrical poems are usually written as love poems. In the very first line, ?A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a bucket,? onomatopoeia is used. This line begins with a quiet mood and the sudden sound of a bark, signifying Frieda?s fascination with the dog and how quickly she noticed something new. ...read more.


Hughes conveys to the reader a sense that this scene is a part of a bigger picture, therefore employing the use of metaphysics. The metaphysical aspects are shown throughout as Frieda?s mind goes from ?a cool small evening? to the moon; her fascination slowly reveals a bigger scene each time. Frieda recognizes the pain as a mirror and ?tempt(s) a first star to a tremor,? meaning she has also realized the reflection of the alluring sky in the tiny bucket by attempting to shake the pail and therefore shake the sky. As Frieda notices the moon and ?points at him amazed,? she seems enthralled at the centre of the huge scenery her mind has painted. ...read more.


The punctuation, as in ?lifted, still and brimming ? mirror,? forces one to read the poem at a slower pace, adding to the already reflective mood of the father adoring his child. The poet makes use of an apostrophe, as he seems to be speaking to Frieda directly adding to the allusion of the nursery rhyme. Identifying the poem as a lyrical poem shows the father?s admiration for his little Frieda, as a different approach to the original theme of lyrical poems. ?Full Moon and Little Frieda? proves fascination on three parts: Frieda, her father and the moon. Frieda, two years old, relates her newfound scenery to known nursery rhymes such as, ?Hey Diddle Diddle (The Cow Jumped Over The Moon),? and ?The Itsy Bitsy Spider.? Frieda?s happiness may have been short lived as her mother, Sylvia Plath, committed suicide the year after this poem was written. ...read more.

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