Ted Hughes’ poems “That Morning” and “The Thought Fox” share some similarities in terms of the content their speakers describe—focusing on natural imagery and animals—but the position of the speaker in relation to nature differs in each.
“That Morning” is written in the first person plural voice, so the speaker uses the pronoun “we.” The speaker describes a memory, presenting the poem in the past tense: “We came where the salmon were so many…” Hughes’ poem has the speaker appear in the midst of nature, quite literally:
Waist-deep in wild salmon swaying massed
As from the hand of God.
Standing in the river, with the salmon all around, the speaker seems to have become one with nature....
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