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Full Moon and Little Frieda
A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a bucket –
And you listening.
A spider’s web, tense for the dew’s touch.
A pail lifted, still and brimming – mirror
To tempt a first star to a tremor.
Cows are going home in the lane there, looping the hedges with their warm wreaths of breath –
A dark river of blood, many boulders,
Balancing unspilled milk.
“Moon!” you cry suddenly, “Moon! Moon!”
The moon has stepped back like an artist gazing amazed at a work
That points at him amazed.
--Ted Hughes, from Wodwo (1967)
1. Line one contains a metaphor comparing the evening to the sound of a dog's bark or clank of a bucket.
2. "The moon has stepped back like an artist..." is a simile.
3. Star's tremor and cows going home are examples of personification.
4. Alliteration and assonance is used throughout the poem, particularly the repitition of w, l, and the "t" sound.
5. Of course, imagery is present. It is very strong to the reader in the description of the spider web and the moon gazing amazed.
Each of these elements contributes to the reader's enjoyment of the poem. Together they produce a musical quality and logical rhythm while also creating crystal clear images.
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