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    Hawk RoostingAniela Baseley 13 FO The poem is written by poet Ted Hughes. In his life time Hughes has published many poems about nature and animals.

    The poem is written with a chilling attitude to power. In the first stanza, the hawk is perched on top of a tree, awaiting nightfall. We know this because the hawk is 'Roosting.' His arrogance is already clear, " Inaction, no falsifying dream" this indicates to the reader, that even when the hawk is sleeping, he does not dream 'needless' dreams. The hawk just has focus on killing. Alliteration is then used "hooked head," this extenuates the line with a sound, as well as the hawks egoism and obsession with itself.

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    "Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes.

    His arrogance is continued in the following line where he describes the position of the earth below him: "And the earth's face upward for my inspection". This metaphor suggests that the Hawk feels superior and more important than everything and everybody else and builds upon the idea of the Hawk looking down on the rest of the world, not only because he is flying high in the sky but also because he believes he is 'better' than what is below him.

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

    It very much accentuates the silence and it shows us that it is set in the countryside. The word "pail" could also refer to something being pale, such as the moon and milk. The fact that the pail is "still and brimming" puts a real emphasis on the stillness of the evening. The alliteration in "To tempt a first star to a tremor" makes the sentence flow smoothly, but also gives us a further impression of tenseness. The fact that "cows are going home in the lane there" confirms that this is set in the countryside, possibly on a farm.

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  4. The Theme of Humanity in the Poem Hawk Roosting

    The words "Top of the wood" suggests the hawk is a predator, high up in the food chain. It is also an animal that lives for hunting as every day it will "rehearse perfect kills and eat" in its dreams. Similarities can be drawn which shows that we are just like the hawk. Humans dominate the world and we constantly invent new ways of simplifying our lives. At the most basic level, we "kill and eat" like all animals do. The writer uses this verse to establish the hawk as a symbol of all humanity. Therefore, when he further illustrates the hawk later on, he is actually pointing out our habits and tendencies.

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  5. Concentrating on one Poem by each Poet, Compare and Contrast the ways in which Hughes and Wordsworth Present Man's Relationship with Nature

    presented, showing that they both have an admiration for the beauty of nature and its power, and how Hughes believes that in comparison man is clumsy and pathetic. Both poets show how man is clumsy and inefficient while nature is the exact opposite, skilled and swift. This is shown in 'Work and Play' when Hughes describes a swallow as 'a blue-dark knot of glittering voltage'. This shows how the swallow looks like a knot of glittering voltage implying that it is going very fast.

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  6. "What are Ted Hughes' Ideas about poetry, and how have they been

    don't have to bother about commas or full stops or that sort of thing" to Ted punctuation is not important, but the senses are: " Just look at it, touch it, smell it, listen to it, turn yourself into it" as he believes senses are there to help you. If you write a poem completely different to another poet and you are worried about your work,/ Ted believes that you should not care about what other people have written it is your own work that matters and how you find it " Do not care how other people have written about this thing, this is the way you find it".

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  7. Using two or three poems which you have read explore the ways in which the poets use their poetry as a means of confronting and challenging prejudice

    ARE YOU LIGHT OR VERY DARK?" The capital letters emphasises the loudness in her voice, whereas, in Langston Hughes poem the other dinner guest are not being prejudiced to the only black dinner guest directly. Although they would ask him "the usual questions that come into white mind." Here they are set apart from him as a different race, "to be part of a Problem on Park Avenue at eight is not so bad." He's angry because he is still part of the n***o Problem even though he is with elegant, upper-class people.

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  8. "In 'The Stag' Hughes seems to comment on man's relationships with nature" With reference to 'The Stag' and one other poem in the section discuss the poet's treatment of conflict between man and nature.

    to be hunting such an animal and this poem helps us realise that this is going on all the time and it is just a reminder. The idea of the distant relationship is shown when it says "the stag loped through his favourite valley" tells us that he is the only person who is in that forest usually. Ted Hughes expresses part of his feeling as he says "pulled aside the camouflage of their terrible planet" this tells us that he sympathises with the stag and is disgusted at our behaviour.

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  9. Pike by Ted Hughes

    Tiger, completely different creatures but in their own worlds they are just as deadly as each other, the Tiger being supreme in the jungle just as the Pike is supreme in the river. "Killers from the egg" using this Hughes re-enforces his point of the Pike being born to killer, always meant to be a predator. "The malevolent aged grin" the poet strongly uses "malevolent" to catch the reader and fully describe the evil that the Pike is designed for, even since the moment of birth the Pike's features have already been aged with the evil, menacing look, to show its potential for havoc and to kill.

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  10. In a close reading of 'The Thought-Fox' and 'Roe-Deer', discuss how he uses, the theme of nature. You should analyse his use of language. (Poetry - Ted Hughes)

    And then the poem created from that thought process was "a new species of creature, a new specimen of life outside your own". This was his way of equating a poem. 'The Thought-Fox itself is very similar to Hughes' idea of creating all poems. The poet personifies his thoughts by using a fox. The poem is an analogy as well as a metaphor. The thought process and progression to writing is compared to a fox alone in the wilderness creeping up on you out of the darkness into the light.

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  11. Compare and contrast the two poems: 'Turkeys Observed' - (Seamus Heaney), and 'View of a Pig' - (Ted Hughes).

    Hughes mentions ''the pig'' in the very first line. He does this to get straight to the point and to give the impression that it is not worth lingering over. Whereas Heaney doesn't mention the ''turkey'' until the third verse, in the other two verses he describes it, to give the impression that it is important and worth a description of what had happened to it: ''The red sides of beef retain some of the smelly majesty of living''. This mentions its colour and that it is dead, but also an aspect that it once lived in great splendour, and he has respect for it.

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  12. Comparison of Ted Hughes poems: The Warm And The Cold and Work and Play

    There are though, some differences. Like the layout of the poems. Work and Play is set out with three lines at the start of each stanza then five small lines at the end of the stanza, of which there are four. The end stanza changes to one beginning sentence and four ending the piece. The Warm and the Cold however, has three verses of twelve lines, then a finishing part where seven lines are spaced out to give a slowing down effect. This poem also has a recognisable effect where nearly every other line is a simile. E.g. But the trout is in its hole Like a chuckle in a sleeper.

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  13. Ted Hughes, the thought fox, is an effective poem on both a literal and a symbolic level. Would you agree?

    The thought fox is a poem about writing a poem. He is alone at the loneliest time of the night, and the most mysterious - midnight. He is a writer, as we can tell from line 4, where he mentions "this blank page where my fingers move" He is obviously waiting for the right idea or right words to enter his mind. The speaker's imaginative setting is the "midnight moment's forest" which we can contrast with his actual setting, a domestic one with the clock ticking.

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  14. A poetry commentary on The Jaguar, by Ted Hughes

    Overall the sound of the poem portrays strength and admiration. The poem is written in free verse. The poem uses many enjambments; which suggests that the rhyming words are not so noticeable. I think this structure is linked to the life of the jaguar. The jaguar is in no way disturbed about the fact that it is locked up in a cage. Instead it follows its own imagination and way of life. The first stanza suggests to me that it is trying to set the tone and describe the setting.

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  15. "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." - Lord Acton.

    Also, he shows he feels he's invulnerable, and immortal, as if nothing can hurt him, 'with my eyes closed'. The first stanza introduces the reader to the hawk's attitude to life, explaining that he feels he's living his dream, and that his reality is as good as anybody's dream, 'inaction, no falsifying dream'. There is also a clear description of the physical appearance of the hawk, streamlined and sleek. The fact that the poet mentions the hawk's head and feet, 'between my hooked head and my hooked feet', shows that the speaker, the hawk, sees himself as streamlined from the top to the bottom, and mentions the basic animal hunting tools, the claws and the beak.

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  16. What does the Pike represent in the poem "Pike" by Ted Hughes?

    This understanding of their capacity to dominate over other fishes gives a continual motion and joy to their nature. Despite their frightful nature they are exquisite with their majestic grandeur in their color and movement; sometimes they are awe-struck at their own beauty. Their shapes produce on the onlookers an impression of mixed delicacy and horror. They small to our eyes they are very large in the world to which they belong. To the smaller creatures, which they kill under the water, they appear very large. They dwell in ponds where they lie still in the darkness beneath the surface.

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  17. 'The Horses' by Ted Hughes.

    Another significant place where this technique is used is "Grey silent fragments Of a grey silent world." Here this is very effective because it gives the reader the impression of a totally 'empty' place, silent, cold and where the narrator is completely alone - like the way that some people can come to feel in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The theme of silence is developed in this way throughout the entire poem, mainly by using metaphors very effectively, accompanied by vivid description e.g. "The curlew's tear turned its edge on the silence. Slowly detail leafed from the darkness.

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  18. Poetry Comparison - 'Telephone Conversation' by Wole Soyinka and 'Ballad of the Landlord' by Langston Hughes.

    But when he rings on the phone, she tells him the flat is free before being told by the character, who is anxious not to make a wasted journey, that he is black. The landlady asks how dark he is as if his depth of colour makes a difference. Langston Hughes has a different background, having been born and raised in America. His parents divorced when he was young so he went to live with his grandmother. After graduating he went to Columbia University.

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  19. Foot Binding.

    Illustration shows the foot-binding process. The drawing is adapted from Chinese texts. The idea was that in the end the girl would have a foot that was around three inches in length. Girls who ended up with the 'prefect' length of just less than three inches were deemed to have "Golden Lilies". Feet that were four inches and five inches in length were known as "Silver Lilies" and "Iron Lilies" respectively. The girl was asked to wear a small pair of slippers; these slippers were always beautifully embroidered and were made entirely of silk.

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  20. When you start to read wind you get the impression that it is going to be a poem about a house on a windy day.

    "The booming hills". As well as all this the wind continues it terrorising by stamping like a herd of elephants under the windowsills in the flowerbeds. "Winds stampeding the fields under the window". The poet tries to illustrate the winds power and strength by saying that the house had become adrift overnight and the wind had carried it to a new location. "The hills had new places". As the wind moved ad danced in the air it gave off colours that surrounded the little house, making it difficult to see past the garden.

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  21. The company I have chosen to investigate is Jaguar.

    If you get late paying the Electricity and power money will be needed to pay of electricity and gas bills. Factory and office costs will be needed to pay for things like fittings for the factory and tables and chairs etc. Money for advertising is money you will be using towards advertising the product that is being produced. Provide goods or services to the local or wider community All businesses either provide goods or services. A manufacturing company will provide goods for example a company will make goods and sell them on to other companies where as companies like banks will provide services e.g.

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  22. "Hughes thinks more highly of animals than humans." How far does his poetry support this statement?

    He also uses metaphors, in the segments of the verse, where he describes the night. Such as "The past and the future Are the jaws of a steel vice". Hughes also uses personification about the animals. He describes the deer being on the hill "like smiles on a nurse". This both gives the deer a human side and puts down the nurse suggesting that they rarely smile. In this poem Hughes also emphasises that animals are in their rightful place and are comfortable "the badger in its bedding like a loaf in the oven".

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  23. Compare the two poets Ted Hughes and Simon Armitage.

    The poet has glorified the work of the sparrow and made it sound much more pleasurable. I don't think that this poem really has a message in it but if I had to say that it did, I think that the message would be about the beauty of nature and how we have the power to ruin that beauty, with car exhaust fumes and how we take over the beaches in hot weather, so that they no longer belong to nature.

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  24. Ted Hughes famously quoted "What excites my imagination is the war between vitality and death".

    However, there is one creature that excites and captivates the crowds, and as the title of the poem suggests, has also left a lasting impact on Hughes. Instead of lazing around idly, the sleek black Jaguar "spins from the bars" and "hurries enraged". Despite being deprived of his natural environment and his freedom, the Jaguar is full of movement, actively bursting with power and energy. Hughes is markedly enthralled by the way that the Jaguar seems to create his own space, even within the confinement of his cage - describing the creature as having the world rolling "under the long thrust of his heel".

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  25. Ted Hughes: "Hughes' early poems describe the animal kingdom with exact naturalistic detail. They also focus on animals to probe at aspects of human nature."

    Hughes accomplishes this through impressive imagery, poetic devices, all of which evoke powerful emotions from the reader. The subject of the poem, a fish species called pike, are known to be voracious predators, disliked and even feared by some anglers but greatly admired by others because of their size and the persistent fight they put up when hooked. Hughes uses this powerful fish in his illustration of nature. The poem starts with a young, beautiful pike dancing in the water, but moves quickly to the sinister side of the mature fish.

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