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The Thought-Fox

In Ted Hughes’s “The Thought Fox,” the eponymous fox emerges from a forest at midnight and then walks across the snow, getting closer and closer to the speaker. The journey of the fox from the...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 11:58 am UTC

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The Thought-Fox

To understand the fox as the image of inspiration, consider the poem as a frame narrative. A frame narrative is a story within a story, in which one story acts as a frame around the other. The...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 3:07 pm UTC

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The Thought-Fox

"The Thought Fox" is an example of what's called metafiction. This simply means a piece of writing which is about the process of writing. So Ted Hughes has written a poem about Ted Hughes writing a...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 8:00 pm UTC

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The Thought-Fox

In The Thought Fox, Ted Hughes likens the process of writing of a poem to the approach of a fox, which slips into his head as a real fox would slip into a hole. At the beginning of the poem, the...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2014 12:20 am UTC

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The Thought-Fox

In the first few stanzas, the fox is presented as a gentle creature, warily finding its way through the snow. As a wild creature, the fox presents no immediate danger to anyone nor is it being...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2015 10:27 am UTC

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The Thought-Fox

Something else is alive The brevity of this line reinforces the loneliness of the speaker. Besides this idea, the speaker sits in front of a blank page with a clock reinforcing the passing of...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 11:38 am UTC

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The Thought-Fox

The Speaker The speaker of the poem is also a poet, and throughout the poem he uses the extended metaphor of a fox emerging from a forest to describe the process of writing a poem. At the beginning...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 1:21 pm UTC

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The Thought-Fox

The emotional intensity of the poem emerges in the last stanza. The rest of the poem builds up to that point. This is a poem about poetic inspiration. The fox represents the hidden poetic muse, a...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020 5:27 pm UTC

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The Thought-Fox

Poetic Inspiration Takes Patience The speaker refers to the loneliness of these moments twice, describing the clock as lonely as well as the darkness of the midnight forest which has sprung up in...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 11:22 am UTC

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The Thought-Fox

“The Thought-Fox,” by Ted Hughes, is critically well regarded due to the author’s tight, skilled control of language, metaphor and imagery in such lines as “I imagine this midnight moment's...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2013 12:43 am UTC

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The Thought-Fox

This poem seems to describe a poet's process of encountering inspiration and writing the actual poem which results from it, using the fox of the title as a central metaphor for that inspiration....

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 11:04 am UTC

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The Thought-Fox

“The Thought-Fox” by Ted Hughes is a poem about the creative process, in particular the process of writing poetry. It is also, like Shakespeare's “Sonnet 18,” a testament to the enduring power of...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2021 12:42 pm UTC

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The Thought-Fox

In this poem, Hughes uses the central metaphor of the titular thought fox to describe the writer's process of experiencing poetic inspiration to actually writing the poem down on the page. His...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 11:46 am UTC

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