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Several of Ted Hughes' poems feature extreme weather. Write about how he conveys his feelings about weather in three of the poems.

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Several of Ted Hughes' poems feature extreme weather. Write about how he conveys his feelings about weather in three of the poems Ted Hughes Regards the elements as a powerful force in many of his poems and he is in awe of the weather particularly noticeable in 'Tractor', 'Warm and Cold' and 'Wind' in which Hughes seems to be quarantined because the storms are so violent that all the inhabitants of the house can do is shelter inside. This poem accentuates the power of nature. The house and storm themselves signify the opposing forces of nature and civilisation. Man is at the mercy of the weather frail and vulnerable in comparison for example he describes the weather conditions in 'Tractor' as "hell of ice" and "head pincering" emphasising the man's vulnerability. This can be associated with the use of language in Wind, words such as "Blinding" relate to man in the same way that "head pincering" is an assault on man. Personification is frequently used in making the elements 'come to life' by using vocabulary such as 'stampeding' and 'booming' in Wind. ...read more.

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In these poems Hughes is making the simple point that nature adapts very simply and naturally to the earth's climate, but humans don't seem to know how to do so at all, highlighting the superb adaptability of wildlife to the cold and harsh weather conditions, in comparison to humans' attempts to become as comfortable. Hughes admires the way that animals can cope with the intense cold but does not favour the humans' techniques, this reiterates the fact that they are 'worlds apart'. The first thing that struck me when reading these poems was the amount of similes. A perfect example of the use of similes in these poems is, "Like a loaf in the oven." This is an extremely clever use of a simile as it not only gives the impression of safety and security but also associates the respiration of the badger's abdomen with the rising of a loaf in an oven which is warm like its dwelling. The use of language in this phrase is more personal due to the use of "the oven" rather than "an oven". ...read more.

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Lots of words suggest the strength of the wind: crashing, booming, stampeding, floundering, blinding, wielded, dented, drummed, strained, bang, flung, bent, shatter. The poem contains some strong images (words that help you to imagine what it looks like). Hughes uses a slightly different approach in tractor; he uses personification to describe the tractor and the setting. He makes them seem alive because of this. For example: The tractor has "open entrails". It "defies flesh" when it won't start. It "coughs" when the man is dependant on the machine it "ridicules" him. It finally "jabbers laughing pain-crying mockingly Into happy life". It is "like a demon" and starts "Shouting Where Where?" Right at the end it is "raging and trembling and rejoicing". As for the setting, "the copse hisses" which makes it seem like an animal, and the light "flees". In Warm and Cold there is another contrast, in the last few lines, the farmers are also inside and warm, but are likened to roasting meat turning on spits, which gives an unfavourable impression. The animals are happy because when they sleep they have no worries. But the farmers are unable to sleep because they are worried. ...read more.

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