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The poem Full Moon and Little Frieda is by Ted Hughes written about his daughter, Frieda, expressing themes such as childhood, innocence and discovery.

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Essay By Benjamin Bloch The poem "Full Moon and Little Frieda" is by Ted Hughes written about his daughter, Frieda, expressing themes such as childhood, innocence and discovery. From the title, we can gather that the poem will involve a full moon. "Little Frieda" refers to his daughter. The fact that the word "little" is used tells us that Frieda is a very important to the author. From the first line, "A cool small evening", we can immediately feel the calmness of the rhythm. The use of a caesura directly afterwards puts an immediate focus on the line "And you listening". The word "you" involves the reader directly. "A spider's web, tense for the dew's touch." is not a very explanatory line. It leaves you nervous, waiting for the end of the story. It very much accentuates the silence and it shows us that it is set in the countryside. ...read more.

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"A dark river of blood, many boulders" demonstrates that there are many cows and that they are all extremely large. A river also tends to have many turns and be very large, therefore this phrase demonstrates the large amount of cows and that they are occupying much of the winding country lane. The line "Balancing unspilled milk" reinforces the tenseness of the evening. Milk also relates to the color of the moon. "'Moon!' you cry suddenly, 'Moon! Moon!'" The use of the word "you" is very personal and very endearing. It gives a clear sense that the author is proud of his daughter. The fact that only one word is repeated many times could indicate that the word is new to Frieda. This was written at the time Ted Hughes' daughter, Frieda, was approximately 2 years old. This is around the time that young children experiment with words, so the word "moon" could be new and, consequently, special to Frieda. ...read more.

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The structure of the poem was very effective in conveying the necessary emphasis on certain parts of the poem. We are told the story from the point of view of the author (Frieda's father), however the use of diction is extremely effective in communicating her emotions and her reactions to different events. The poet uses a lot of imagery and metaphors, as well as juxtaposing many different objects and many possible meanings. The poet is attempting to covey the message of the wonder of nature and it's creation which is effectively done through the use of description and imagery. This is extremely positive and delightful message. The author has succeeded in conveying a message through interesting use of description, diction and metaphors. The structure has put emphasis on what was necessary, creating a flowing and easy to read poem. I very much like this poem as the author creates, through subtle means, very clear images and a very touching scene that reads very enjoyably. ...read more.

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