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Ted Hughes writes about the world of nature in these poems. Choose two poems to explain what you think about the different ways he writes about nature. How does he use language to make the poems interesting?

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Ted Hughes writes about the world of nature in these poems. Choose two poems to explain what you think about the different ways he writes about nature. How does he use language to make the poems interesting? Much of Hughes' poetry explores the human struggle against the natural forces and a comparison between human beings and nature. He uses a variety of techniques to illustrate his ideas and make poetry interesting and engaging. Two poems that particularly explore the world of nature are Wind, and Work and Play. In Wind, Hughes describes the imposing, ruthlessness of the wind and how it doesn't care about anything else apart from its strength. In contrast, work and play describes the comparison between nature and modern life. ...read more.

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'she scissors the blue into shapes as she sews it' this adds to the smooth movement and creates an image of speed. It shows the swallows swooping movement. The structure of both poems also vividly reveals his views on nature. In Wind, the stanzas are organised with four lines in each stanza it seems as if the wind is consistent in strength all the time. A strict stanza length shows he is trying to impose order on nature but sentence length shows he cannot achieve this. He has used generally long sentences although there is always a longer sentence in each stanza. The stanzas are ordered/uniformed but sentences are flowing and more controlled. This shows the uncontrolled nature of the wind, and the never-ending force of the wind. ...read more.

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I feel that Work and Play is written in the most interesting way. This is because it shows both sides of nature, human and animals. The title of this poem has a double meaning, as it is hard to tell who is working and who is playing. It shows the pleasant, calm and harmonious mood of the swallow but in caparison it shows the frustration and stress experienced by the humans, the attitudes in this poem are mainly about the swallows invasion of privacy and its determination to complete its daily tasks. Everything written about the humans is negative, as it shows how desperate the humans are to have a good time. They work as hard as possible to make sure they get the best out of the day, the people are mentally and physically uncomfortable. The poem also shows the British absurdity to make the most of what little sun we have. ...read more.

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