How is the horse presented in Hughes's "The Rain Horse"?

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Certainly, the horse is presented in a rather mysterious and sinister manner in this poetic story. Critics agree that animals are representative of depths of darkness that exist within Hughes himself, and the black horse that charges and strikes out is indicative of some form of the unconsciousness of the young man who plods across the muddy field in anger "for blundering into this mud-trap."

This black figure of a horse that rears up and charges with anarchic energy across the furrows of plowed land may well be, then, a sort of Jungian shadow,...

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