Ted Hughes Questions and Answers

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It is important to realize that "My Own True Family" is the final poem in Hughes' collection which is a testament to its importance. On the surface level, the poem seems to be a work against...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2016 10:08 am UTC

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The primary meaning of Ted Hughes's poem "The Jaguar," as I understand it, is that animals do not belong in zoos, and yet humans are continually drawn to and "mesmerized" by animals like the mighty...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2021 11:17 am UTC

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I think the engine here definitely refers to the goldfinch and her family. Before she arrives, the laburnum tree is quiet, "quite still," with nothing to indicate that there is anything alive...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2019 2:38 pm UTC

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On a literal level, this poem is about a hawk roosting in a tree and reflecting on its body, its predatory powers, and its superiority to other creatures ("I kill where I please because it is all...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2016 4:43 pm UTC

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The key theme of this poem is the pride and arrogance of the hawk, which believes itself to be the center of the universe, the product of "the whole of Creation" and now the director of it. In the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2018 8:57 am UTC

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Taken literally, "Mooses" could be interpreted as a poem about the potential violence in nature and more specifically, the indifference of the natural world. The moose, from a human perspective, is...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2014 4:23 pm UTC

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"Hawk Roosting" is filled with animal imagery. The very first stanza of Ted Hughes's poem provides us with a vivid depiction of the hawk in the title. We see the hawk "sit in the top of the wood."...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2020 3:10 pm UTC

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Ted Hughes’s poem “The Laburnum Top” describes the relationship between a goldfinch and a tree. The titular reference to the laburnum top is a synecdoche that represents the entire tree, which is...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2020 7:48 pm UTC

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"Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes is a poem consisting of six four-line stanzas. It is written in free verse and has no regular rhyme pattern. It is written in the first person from the point of view...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2017 4:49 am UTC

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I am afraid that I can only answer one of your questions: the others must be listed as separate postings. This answer will address what the poem theme. The constant theme of the fleetingness of...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2010 5:57 am UTC

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Ted Hughes' poem "Mooses" compares antlers to thoughts in the second stanza. With massy bony thoughts sticking out near his ears –Reaching out palm upwards, to catch whatever might befalling from...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016 7:50 pm UTC

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The most notable figure of speech in Ted Hughes's poem "Hawk Roosting" is personification. Personification is when something non-human is given human qualities; it is personification to say that...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2020 7:34 am UTC

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In this poem, the speaker looks at "relics" of life beneath the sea and thinks about what they mean, concluding the world beneath the sea is a brutal, unforgiving joyless place. In the first...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2018 12:46 am UTC

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Ted Hughes's "The Laburnum Top" is a poem about the cycle of life. It begins, in the first stanza, with a description of a tree in autumn. Some of its leaves are turning yellow, and its seeds have...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019 8:45 am UTC

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Hughes uses repetition, alliteration, and syntax in this poem to suggest the elemental power of the hawk. This language turns in on itself and, in a sense, becomes about itself; in this sense,...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2020 2:00 pm UTC

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Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes centers around a predatory bird that is perched on a branch. The poem is told from the bird's point of view. The hawk's view of the world is highly self-involved. It...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2015 4:40 am UTC

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Ted Hughes's poem "Ravens" is written in free verse, in three stanzas of varying lengths. It is a narrative poem and focuses on a day in spring when "we"—that is, the speaker and his three-year-old...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2019 7:35 am UTC

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Ted Hughes' powerful poem "The March Calf" creates an unforgettable image of a new-born calf who is "dressed in his best--his blacks and his whites" (also called a "wedding natty get up") as he...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016 10:28 pm UTC

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This is a love poem addressed to an unidentified woman the narrator adores from afar, although she does not notice him. She acts as his muse, lighting up the world for him—or turning it to ice or...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2017 3:36 pm UTC

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The repetition in this poem is subtle. Rather than repeating whole phrases or lines, the poem features frequent alliteration (the repetition of a word's first letter or sound across adjacent words)...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2016 4:04 pm UTC

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“Ravens” by Ted Hughes is an account of a father explaining to his child on a “blue and warm” spring day the facts of life and death, when the child “has eyes only” for a lamb that was born dead....

Latest answer posted January 11, 2018 8:36 am UTC

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A poetic analysis with commentary is a complex task, and eNotes is not able to provide one for you but can help you along your way. Poetic analysis considers both poetic elements and poetic...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2012 12:14 am UTC

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Ted Hughes grew up in Heptonstall, a village set amidst the moors of West Yorkshire in the north of England. His wife, the poet Sylvia Plath, committed suicide and is buried in Heptonstall. Thus,...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2017 11:53 am UTC

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Ted Hughes was a famous modern poet from England. He lived from 1930 to 1998, and he also wrote plays and stories. Hughes was married to Sylvia Plath, an American poet, from 1956 until Plath took...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2016 4:36 pm UTC

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Primary motivation is established in basic needs of unlearned behavior as humans try to survive. Hunger, thirst, and the avoidance of pain can all be considered primary motivators. In "That...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2020 12:12 pm UTC

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Crow Tyrannosaurus is a poem about life, death, and the need to kill in order to survive. The crow sits in a tree and watches as other creatures around it eat each other. First, a swift—a kind of...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2018 6:26 pm UTC

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"The Angel" is the last poem in a book of poetry by Ted Hughes called Remains of Elmet. The book is dedicated to Hughes's mother and is set in the region of the West Riding of Yorkshire (once known...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 3:27 am UTC

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"The Stag" is a poem consisting of six stanzas. Each stanza consist of six lines of free verse. There is no regular pattern of rhyme or meter. The poem is written in the third person, but the point...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2017 11:27 pm UTC

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The hawk perceives himself as a predator. He is proud of himself, stating: It took the whole of CreationTo produce my foot, my each feather He understands his relationship to the world as one of...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2020 11:11 pm UTC

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A commentary on any piece of text is one's understanding and explanation regarding the piece. Essentially, in offering a commentary, one is offering their response to the piece (known as...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2012 7:56 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 7:07 pm UTC

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Theories of inspiration assert inspiration is either external or internal. External inspiration would be like the Greek and Roman Muses or Spenser's Divine mimetic inspiration or the Romantics...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2012 9:52 pm UTC

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Ted Hughes is perhaps most popularly remembered for his fated, tumultuous marriage to Sylvia Plath. This is understandable but unfortunate, as he was a brilliant artist in his own right. He was...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019 11:10 pm UTC

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These two poems, "A Case of Murder," by Vernon Scannell, and "The Jaguar" by Ted Hughes are very different poems. "A Case of Murder" is reminiscent of Poe's "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-tale...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2011 1:25 am UTC

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When we think of music, we often think of the way words are set to a particular rhythm and the way tones and pitch convey a message that produces an emotional response. In poetry, writers don't...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 7:26 pm UTC

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Edward James Hughes, known as "Ted" Hughes in literary criticism and biography, was an English poet born on August 17, 1930 who died on October 28, 1998. The first reason he is described as modern...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019 7:11 am UTC

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