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What similarities and differences can you see in 'The Thought-Fox' and 'Digging' in terms of ideas, language, structure, and rhythm / rhyme?- How might these aspects affect any reading of the poem?

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What similarities and differences can you see in 'The Thought-Fox' and 'Digging' in terms of ideas, language, structure, and rhythm / rhyme? - How might these aspects affect any reading of the poem? I found that one of the most significant similarities between 'The Thought-Fox' by Ted Hughes and 'Digging' by Seamus Heaney, was how the poets in question talked about their writing process, their creative process in the poem itself. In each poem the voice of the poet is easily distinguished, as they are both written in the first person. This is a most superlative way for the creator of the poems to write about what they see directly, to relate their experiences and memories to the reader directly. They write about the scenes which they can see through their "window" and at the same time involve the senses in these poems which helps make a connection with any reader of the poem as it stimulates the imagination. This approach makes for a powerful piece. To continue, one of the similarities between these two poems, is that in each case the poet is trying to voice an experience, a viewpoint or a conclusion, that will cause a reaction (of different sorts) ...read more.

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One other significant point is that they both have considerably shorter lines for the very last line, this gives emphasis to the line and shows the importance of the information it is giving. The most noticeable difference between the two poems is that they do not both have regular stanzas; 'The Though Fox' has regular stanzas of four lines where 'Digging' has stanzas of varied lengths. Language is another aspect of poems that needs to be closely analysed because a different use of language could change the tone of a poem or even its meaning for anyone reading the poem. The likeness of the two poems is that they both use a range of poetic language to create the poem, to give a certain effect. Both poems use metaphors within themselves to create a picture, such as that of the 'clock's loneliness' in 'The Thought-Fox' and the fact that 'living roots awaken' within the poets head in 'Digging'. The fox itself in 'The Thought-Fox' is a continuous metaphor for thoughts. One other way in which Seamus Heaney used language for poetic effect in 'Digging' is through his use of well known clich�s. ...read more.

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There is the use of half-rhyme and the rhyming of certain words for emphasis in each poem. In 'Digging' the first five line rhyme but it does not remain consistent through out the hole piece of poetry. There is again no clearly defined rhythm but each poem has sections which have rhythm and sections without. Of particular note is the third stanza of 'The Though-fox' which seems to be an anomaly. This stanza not only has a regular rhythm of eight syllables to a line, it also has one line ending in 'leaf' which does not have any assonance that is similar to the other lines. The reason for this is maybe to draw attention to the moment at which the poets' ideas begin to flow and links back with the structure of the poem. In emulation of these two poems I finish with; My thoughts are still not firm Inside the cavernous hole of head. Yet to hold a concrete form, Trying to escape from me instead. Yet in time, their time will come, The storm of thoughts will calm, And from cave pour forth, to become, An essay held within welcoming arms. ?? ?? ?? ?? Danielle Kriger Wordsworth Upper L6 1 ...read more.

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