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Comment In Detail On The Poems By Ted Hughes. As A Final Conclusion, Choose Two Other Poems Which Deal With The Same Theme And Discuss And Compare Them With Hughes' Poems

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The poems by Ted Hughes all have the same common theme, nature. He was born to a working class family in a small mining town in Yorkshire, and was obsessed with and became famous for describing the power and mystery of animals as well as the deep world of nature. Although these poems could be seen as a literary tradition, they could also be a vehicle for discussing other issues that are present in each poem itself.Thought-Fox is about the appearance of a fox through the window with himself looking at it. The image portrayed is of himself sitting at his desk, looking out of the window, wondering what to write. The first stanza tells us that it is late and dark outside but "something else is present" for the moment, he is faced with a "blank page" telling the reader that he has not begun his writing. The second stanza introduces something "entering the loneliness" possibly showing that he is at a loss as to what to write but an idea is entering his thoughts. The third stanza introduces the fox and repeats the words "now, and now, and now" makes you imagine the fox creeping ever closer, gracefully on the snow. "Brilliantly concentratedly" is the poet realising the he now has the material in order to complete the poem with the last stanza informing us that "the page is printed" - his work is now done. The rhythm of the poem starts slowly and reaches a crescendo due to his excitement with the powerful line "till with a sudden sharp hot stink of fox" references that the poet can complete his task at hand with the closing satisfactory words of "the page is printed" - my work is complete.Thistles is, on the face of it, a poem about the life cycle of thistles growing in the wild. What is immediately obvious is that it is a very hard read. The tone and use of adjectives are distinctly prickly "of resurrection, a grasped fistful" showing that they are determined to grow whatever the weather and condition they are faced with. It is as if they are fighting a war against mankind who are desperately trying to make them disappear at the "hoeing hands of men". The vehicle behind this particular poem is likened to men in war; whereby they fight, they die, but their children follow suit and the fighting continues. This poem climaxes in the last stanza where he writes "mown down, it is a feud. Their sons appear". A constant battle is present, thistles are ugly, can cause blood to appear (by being prickly to all that touch them) just in the same way that war can be.Roe-Deer, although this again is about nature, a different, more in depth meaning is present i.e. the theory of Gai Phylosophy whereby Earth is a sentient being within mankind and nature being connected. On the surface, Hughes describes himself driving through woods in heavy snowfall and comes across deer standing in his pathway. They stare at one another for sometime then the deer disappears. Reading further into the poem I find myself wondering how the deer could communicate to mankind with his words...

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