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The Power Of Nature In Ted Hughes´ Poems Wind And Thistles

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Both Ted Hughes' poems, Wind and Thistles, show a theme of the power of nature. In Wind, Hughes shows the effects that a violent storm has upon a house and the landscape around it. In contrast, in Thistles Hughes presents a poem about people who are constantly oppressed by their enemy and, like the thistle, never give up. While both poems are about different things, they both explore the power that nature possesses. However, in Wind, Hughes writes more about the destruction of nature whereas in Thistles he shows how nature gives mankind strength to carry on.
Ted Hughes uses the theme of ‘the power of nature’ in both Wind and Thistles. However, he uses different language techniques in each of his poems to achieve this. For example, in Wind, the poet uses onomatopoeia to describe the powerful force of the wind. The use of onomatopoeia in the quote ‘The booming hills’ gives the impression that the hills have been brought alive by the wind. Furthermore, the term ‘boom’ is usually used show a deep, loud noise, and consequently uses the technique of sensory imagery to evoke an image of the hills perhaps in pain. This use of onomatopoeia links back to the theme of ‘The power of Nature’ and demonstrates an example of just how powerful the wind really is. In Thistles, Hughes uses a variety of metaphors to describe the emotions that the powerful force of nature can evoke. The metaphor ‘Thistles spike the summer air’ gives the impression to the reader that the thistles have poisoned the air. The use of the word ‘spike’ creates the feeling that the thistles are somehow evil, because the term ‘spike’ is a word used to describe secretly adding something to a drink. This is also a play on words, so it gives two meanings. The poet’s choice of this word also creates sensory imagery because it gives the impression that the ‘summer air’ is a...

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