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'The Horses' by Ted Hughes.

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Introduction

'The Horses' by Ted Hughes - Homework I think that the central idea / theme in the poem is mainly the peace and silence of the setting and the surrounding area, and this is evident from the emphasis the poet has put on this. For example "a frost - making stillness, Not a leaf, not a bird, - A world cast in frost. I came out above the wood". The poet has made great use of metaphors in this poem, using them to his advantage, as it gives the reader a vivid picture of the scene he is trying to portray, here at the start and throughout the rest of the poem. Another significant place where this technique is used is "Grey silent fragments Of a grey silent world." ...read more.

Middle

I think that the structures and sound patterns which Hughes has used in the poem are very important in helping the reader to understand the way that the poem has been written, and the message that the poet is trying to convey. The way he has used forms of punctuation enables the reader to understand the way and speed it was intended to be read at - due to the pauses used in the form of commas, full stops, colons and hyphens, i.e. "Till the moorline - blackening dregs of the brightening grey - . . ." The poem is written in couplets (stanzas of two lines) which gives the reader short bursts of almost 'information' through the poet's eyes, but as the punctuation does not always indicate that each couplet provides its own individual piece of information (i.e. ...read more.

Conclusion

This poem seems to start slowly, speed up in the middle stanzas, and then almost come to a standstill at the end when the job is complete - in the same kind of way as in 'The Horses', which gave me the idea that this poem could also be about the creative process, especially considering that Ted Hughes was a poet laureate who had had great experience of the difficulties of a writer. On the other hand these two poems have many differences. They are set out differently; 'The Horses' is written in couplets whereas 'The Thought - Fox' is set out in six stanzas of four lines each. Also there is more evident use of punctuation to change the rhythm in 'The Horses', whereas in 'The Thought - Fox' there is hardly any punctuation, making it quite a fast - paced poem, all flowing into one. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alex Lang page 1 03.11.03 ...read more.

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