Horses by Edwin Muir and Hunting Snake by Judith Wright – Explain in detail how two of the following poems vividly convey the power of nature
Both Edwin Muir and Judith Wright have something in common – the use of nature to convey their feelings. Muir uses imageries of ‘horses’ and Wright uses a ‘snake’ to represent nature. They both use a plethora of imageries to do with nature hence, bringing the reader into their world. They also use ambivalence to express two contradicting emotions: fear and awe. Their description of both sight and feeling allows the reader to not only be in the moment, but to feel what the poet is feeling. In this way, they effectively convey the power of nature.
To Muir, Horses are manifestation of the changes in history and his past therefore, it is used to take the reader down his memory lane and back to the present. The poem starts with horses ‘lumbering on the steady plough’ giving the reader an image of the horses labouring, under that authority of human beings. He then breaks this image by the use of the dash, followed ‘I wonder why’, hence setting the mood of the poem to pensive and reverting the subject of this poem to his childhood when he still saw horses as ‘magic power’, and was still in fearful-awe of them. This fearful-awe is similar to ‘Hunting Snake’ as she ‘froze half-through a pace’ in fear yet had her ‘breath’ taken away when they saw the ‘diamond scale’ of the snake. The word ‘diamond’ evokes a sense of bedazzlement in the reader. This is the beauty of nature as it possesses both the power to captivate, and to send shivers down one’s spine.