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Ted Hughes's predatory poems.

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Monday 1st October 2001 Xavier H Keenan 148 Ted Hughes's predatory poems. Hughes writes brilliant meaningful poems about predators. He likes to get across to the reader all the mean sides of the animal, like thrushes, you don't expect them to be such a predatory animal until you read the poems and then, you do begin to realise. For example, the Jaguar; it is so different to all the other animals in the zoo and isn't as boring, slow or dull as any of the other creatures. It seems to have a mind and a radical imagination of it's own. Hughes describes this beast in so many uncountable ways and you don't think of it like he does! ...read more.


They all have the same sort of exploration, like the jaguar and the pikes; all four are violent in one way or another and fury, rage, eagerness and passion are all displayed. In all the poems, the animals seem to be compared to something. For example, in Thrushes, 'Mozart's brain had it', though that isn't a comparity, it is basically a sort of common object that both of them have but it sort of does compare. In Jaguar 'Lie still as the sun', describing other animals in the jaguar. All the poems seem to have alliteration and it helps improve the poem and making it get into you. ...read more.


Their isn't many repetitions to the poem at all, except for example in Hawk Roosting, he repeats all the way that the hawk is king and chief and arrogant and seems that every thing is made for him and is convenient like the trees and everything, so self centred! There is no rhyming in his poems though this is of course intended. There are indeed many metaphors. These are just describing words as something else. Like, 'parrots shriek as if they were on fire' in Jaguar. Or even in pike, 'As deep as England'. Similes are also common. They are simply describing phrases, but they make sense, but they don't, like its right, but not literally. Like I hold creation in my foot' in hawk roosting, or the 'still splashes' that I have already used with Sibilance in Pike. ...read more.

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