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Poetry: Describe, Explain and Analyse The Poems I have chosen to discuss are:Roe-Deer by Ted HughesAn Advancement of Learning by Seamus HeaneyAnd The Arrival of The Bees Box by Sylvia Plath.

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Poetry: Describe, Explain and Analyse The Poems I have chosen to discuss are: Roe-Deer by Ted Hughes An Advancement of Learning by Seamus Heaney And The Arrival of The Bees Box by Sylvia Plath. I have chosen these three poems because they all contrast with each other, they don't all show the fear of animals. In the poem Roe-Deer the poet describes the deer as a very secretive and supernatural animal, which, in my opinion has caused the poet to write about his experience. "They planted their two or three years of secret deer hood Clear on my snow screen vision of the abnormal." The poet knows that he is not supposed to see the deer, as if they are usually hidden by a snow screen because they do not usually let themselves to be seen at all. He admires the deer and become a part of their secretive society. He says they have a "secret deer hood" and he suggests, "I could think the deer were waiting for me". ...read more.


The poet describes the sighting as a battle, "I established a dreaded Bridgehead" "He trained on me" These lines are commonly associated with a war or battle so that is how we view his sighting. At the end of the poem the poet walks over the bridge, meaning he has lost this battle. After the experience with the rat the poet takes a different route rather than the route he usually takes. "I took the embankment path (As always deferring The bridge)." This is where the poet sees the rat, on the embankment path, so he walks over the bridge instead "Then I walked over the bridge." He does this because he is so terrified by the rats that he couldn't stand to see another because it makes him sick feel sick, "My throat sickened." So the only way to avoid them is to go over the bridge. The rat made the poet think about his past experiences with rats that lived in his house and yard. "When his grey brothers scraped and fed Behind the hen-coop in our yard, On ceiling boards above my bed." ...read more.


"With the swarmy feeling of African hands, Minute and shrunk for export, Black on black, angrily clambering." She also relates the buzzing to an ancient Roman mob that speaks Latin, which needs to be appeased by a Caesar. "It's like a Roman mob, Small, taken one by one, but my god, together! I lay my ear to furious Latin. I am not a Caesar." When there is a riot the Caesar at the time would calm the mobs down. She says this because she can hear a 'language' spoken by the bees, the buzzing, but she can't calm them down because she does not speak that language. The poems "Roe-Deer" and "An Advancement of Learning" are total contrasts to each other, in "Roe-Deer" the poet admires the animal, and describes it as a supernatural creature. In "An Advancement of Learning" the poet has a lot of hate towards the rat and regards it as his enemy, but, in "The Arrival of The Bee Box" the poet has mixed feelings about the bees, she is afraid of the bees and decides to kill them, but she changes her mind and decides to set them free. Matthew Latham ...read more.

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