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The overwhelming way in which nature, through the creatue of the pike that this excellent poem focuses on, is presented as a dangerous, scary and terrifying place. The pike itself is depicted as a...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2011 9:31 pm UTC

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In the first stanza, Hughes suggests the violence possessed by pikes: "Killers from the egg: the malevolent aged grin.They dance on the surface among the flies." The word "killers" needs no...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2015 10:24 am UTC

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In answering this question you will want to focus on the way that the pike is presented as a ruthless, terrifying predator, that even is able to scare the speaker himself. Consider how the pike is...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2011 8:55 pm UTC

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Both poems present a relationship between man and nature that suggests nature still has the power to dominate and strike fear and awe into the heart of man. Both poems therefore challenge...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2013 8:22 am UTC

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In his poem “Pike,” Ted Hughes paints a fascinating portrait of these rather nasty fish. They are born “killers from the egg,” he asserts. They're beautiful with “green tigering the gold,” and they...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021 2:17 pm UTC

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In the first four stanzas, the speaker describes the pike as a perfectly ruthless species, "a life subdued to its instrument," functioning as a ruthless animal because of, and according to, its...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2013 7:33 pm UTC

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This is an especially powerful poem for anyone who has ever seen a pike. "Teeth" hardly seems to describe the jagged edges in their mouths, making them very unlike most fish one expects to find in...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2012 6:29 am UTC

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In the poem "Pike," Ted Hughes effectively utilizes a fearful tone and structure to create an atmosphere of terror and awe. The structure of the poem successfully introduces the pike as a predator...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2012 5:32 pm UTC

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When you finish reading "Pike" by Ted Hughes, you come away with a healthy respect for this kind of fish, maybe even fear, or at least awe. Let's see how the poet's words express, concisely and...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 7:00 pm UTC

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The descriptions used by both Hughes and Muir directly give a sense of the inscrutable power of the creatures they describe, and in this way the admiration and fear is conveyed. In the very first...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2015 8:30 pm UTC

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Hughes reveals his admiration for the pike in the poem "Pike" through vivid imagery and figurative language. He contrasts their powerful form and lethal hunting skill with their graceful ability...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2012 1:13 am UTC

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Ted Hughes utilizes effective diction and sinister imagery in the poem "Pike" to create an atmosphere of terror and awe. From the onset of the first stanza, Hughes characterizes the pike fish as a...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2012 5:12 pm UTC

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In Ted Hughes's poem "Pike," personification serves to equate the fish with the persona of the poem; thus, with this equality established, the behavior of the person who captures the fish and...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2015 6:41 pm UTC

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What these two poems have in common is an excellent and evocative description of nature, represented by the pike on the one hand and the snake on the other, and the way that this example of nature...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2012 8:05 am UTC

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The atmosphere created in this poem is one that is frankly very menacing as the picture of the pike is built up, particularly focusing on the way that it is such a ruthless predator and so...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2013 2:26 pm UTC

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In comparing and contrasting "Horses" by Edwin Muir and "Pike" by Ted Hughes, what strikes me first is the sound of the poems, which are very different. Where Hughes' "Pike" is written in free...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2012 5:52 pm UTC

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I think you should mention the pike briefly in order to set up the opposition between the pike (nature) and the narrator. The narrator describes the pike as a violent brute but its behavior is...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2012 2:31 pm UTC

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"Pike" is a poem which presents visual images that would make many people uncomfortable. That is his intention. People seem to forget that the earth is inhabited by other creatures and that,...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2013 3:16 pm UTC

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Shamanistic elements are a common refrain in Hughes's works. From an early age, he had an intimate, almost spiritual, connection to the natural world, which found expression in poems that...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2019 3:45 pm UTC

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In the first four stanzas of this free verse poem, the voice is objective, a much like a third-person narrator. The narrator describes the scene stoically, seemingly with no emotion. Therefore, the...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2013 11:14 pm UTC

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Nature is approached in two very different ways when comparing Edwin Muir's "The Horses" and Ted Hughes' "Pike." Muir's poem begins by describing the devastating effects of war on the narrator's...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2012 4:29 am UTC

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