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Remind yourself of 'Tractor.' How far and in what ways do you think this is a characteristic Ted Hughes poem.

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Remind yourself of 'Tractor.' How far and in what ways do you think this is a characteristic Ted Hughes poem. "Tractor" has a lot of similarities with a lot of Ted Hughes other poems. It has the same viewpoint raised in it that is raised in quite a few of his other poems. There is an obvious struggle between nature and mankind although the tractor seems to be leaning more towards the side of nature. The fight continues with the progression of events. The outcome of the poem is inevitable because in a typical Ted Hughes fashion poem nature wins against man. It seems impossible for anyone to stay out in the extremely cold weather for another moment, which proves that in some cases nature is more dominant than mankind. "Eyes weeping in the wind of chloroform." The strength of nature is revealed by the language and imagery used in "Tractor." ...read more.

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These are some of the characteristic techniques used by Ted Hughes in many of his poems to emphasise or highlight the concept or the point he is making. In this poem the tractor is given a mind of its own. At one point it almost seems as if Ted Hughes is criticising mankind. "Suddenly it jerks from its solidarity with the concrete and lurches towards a stanchion." After all the effort the narrator has gone through the tractor goes off in another direction. Even though the tractor says "where where" the other parts of the tractor are still defiant and are still not willing to move. Similarly in "Wind" we perceive the image of a storm being in full force and having the strength to have hills quaver as if they were tents. "The tent of the hills drummed and strained its guy rope." Mankind is obviously inferior to nature and have nothing in control so they hide in their houses, "we grip our hearts and cannot entertain book, thought or each other." ...read more.

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"Heroisms on horseback." They pretend to work hard and in the end they are without a purpose. "Carving at an ivory ornament for years." Alternatively it could be argued that "Tractor" is somewhat different from others. At the end we are left with an image of a foal being born and taking its first steps. "And the tractor, streaming with sweat, raging and trembling and rejoicing." This could also be seen as a defeat for nature because although the power of the snowy weather seemed undefeatable the narrator won and the tractor came to life again. It is very interesting to see that the majority of Ted Hughes poems have a conflict between man and nature. Poems such the ones I have looked at in this essay. I feel that Ted Hughes probably sympathises with nature because o f how he was brought up. He stayed close to aspects of nature i.e. mountains, moors, farms etc, therefore he was very enthusiastic about nature which is reflected in his poetry. This is why "Tractor" is a very characteristic poem by Ted Hughes. Nasimah Sabina Chowdhury. 12C. ...read more.

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