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Ted Hughes’ Ideas about Poetry

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Ted Hughes’ Ideas about Poetry

Ted Hughes, was born in 1939 and died in 1989, he wrote two poems, The
Jaguar and The Thought-Fox. These are the poems that I am discussing
in my essay and also what his ideas are on the poems. He also
specialises in nature poems and these are what we have also been
studying.

The Thought-Fox is quite a different poem. It wasn’t written about the
fox it was written about him writing about the fox (confusing I
Know!!!). The Jaguar on the other hand, was about the animal and it
was describing the animal, can you tell the difference and how he
likes to differ his poems “You don’t have to bother about commas or
full stops or that sort of thing” to Ted punctuation is not important,
but the senses are: “ Just look at it, touch it, smell it, listen to
it, turn yourself into it” as he believes senses are there to help
you. If you write a poem completely different to another poet and you
are worried about your work,/ Ted believes that you should not care
about what other people have written it is your own work that matters
and how you find it “ Do not care how other people have written about
this thing, this is the way you find it”.

With ‘The Thought-Fox’ he thinks that a fox comes and walks in front
of him and sits down, so he gets this image in his head and it creates
things he can write down in a poem. At the start, he cannot think of
anything to write but at the end he has created a poem. He also
believes that a poem and an animal are one and the same, “A fox that
is both a fox and not a fox”. Another quote “The words have a body for
it and the poem has give the fox somewhere to walk” in other words the
poem has brought the fox to life.

‘The Jaguar’ however, is very much different. He is actually writing
about the animal in the poem and not how he thought of what to write
about the subject. With the structure, ‘The Jaguar’ has five verses,
four lines in each verse and around nine words in each line. ‘The
Thought-Fox’ has around the same, six verses, four lines in each verse
and about four to eight words in each verse. Alliteration, similes and
metaphors are also common in most of his poems and as I have said he
uses a lot of the senses. For example “A fox’s nose touches” and “Two

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eyes serve”. An example of a metaphor from ‘The Jaguar‘: “His stride
is wildernesses of freedom”.

My opinion on these poems and Ted Hughes’ ideas on the poems are that
I do find them a bit hard to understand as he is going on about
something only he would really understand unless you were into poetry,
which I’m not!!! Both of the poems are quite boring after reading it a
few times. Whether they are successful or not is a different matter.
Ted Hughes is a very famous poet and a successful one at that. His
poems are also very famous amongst other people of an older age. I do
think that they are successful in the way he has written them as well
as many people liking them and the one I most like best is ‘The
Thought-Fox’ because it is easier to understand than the other one and
has interesting things in it (but also some REALLY BORING ones!!!).
But all in all the poems and Ted Hughes’ ideas on the poems are
different and somewhat strange. Other people have thought that his
ideas are different, ‘new’ and ‘Radical’.



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A Poetry Commentary on The Jaguar, by Ted Hughes

The Jaguar is a descriptive poem by Ted Hughes. It tells the story of a jaguar and its life at a zoo. The poem very much describes the atmosphere of the zoo and how this particular jaguar overcomes this enclosed surrounding. I think the authors words are very passionate and strongly link to the character and behaviour of the jaguar. I think he expects the reader to visualise this scene and have the same thoughts as the jaguar. I think he also expects us to really stress key words and read it in a flowing way. Just like the jaguar's movements. The tone varies between the stanzas. The first two stanzas suggest a very negative tone, and then this is…show more content…

The two are linked with an enjambment which shows how these two stanzas have similarities and should link into each other. Words such as cage, empty, still, stinks are all strong adjectives which suggest this negative atmosphere. The last line symbolises emptiness and no life, because the whole scene is said to be, '…painted on a nursery wall.'

The third stanza is interrupted with a transmission word. It shows to me a change of story and setting. It also uses very strong words such as mesmerized, followed by a simile which describes how fascinated the audience are at the jaguar and its appearance. As the jaguars eyes drills right through there's. They are penetrating and staring right through the ones of the audience. This sense is in the form of a metaphor. I think this sense gives the audience a feel of power. They can stare and really look into this fascinating but wild beast, knowing that there is no chance of danger or any life threatening causes. As in real life situations, with no protection between the two sides this competition would be approached differently concerning the human being. All the jaguar can do is react in the same way and return this sense of visual power.

The following two stanzas are linked with enjambments, to show on ongoing flow. 'On a short fierce fuse…' This sentence shows the jaguars temper and how It is about to explode.

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