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"A Cranefly in September" by Ted Hughes

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Transcript of "A Cranefly in September" by Ted Hughes

Lines 1-2
"A Cranefly in September" by Ted Hughes
Lines 3-5
"Rocking,
like an antique wain
,
a top- heavy ceremonial cart"
"
like an antique wain
"
Simile describing the person as old and weak.
"
a top- heavy ceremonial cart
"
is a

metaphor describing that it tries to escape but the burden overpowers him/her heavy. That is alliteration as well.

"Across
mountain summits
"
Traveled long distances, reaching the highest peak.
"(Not
planing
over water, dipping her tail)"
She wasn't moving on gently through the situation.

Line 6-9
"
But blundering
with
long
strides,
long

reachings, reelings
"
It was a shift , there is
alliteration
and
repetition
of the word "
Long
" which signifies enthusiasm and energy. "
Reelings"
means whirled feeling as if falling down. Is getting frustrated that it cannot get unstuck from the problem.
"And
ginger-glistening
wings"
Alliteration describing how it feels after surpassing an obstacle.
"From
collision to collision
."
Moving from obstacle to another, the repetition is used to demonstrate the many obstacles.
"
Aimless in no particular direction
,"
It was disoriented and did not care what direction he was trying to escape by , he just wanted to be free.

Lines 10-12
"Just
exerting her last to escape
out of the overwhelming"
Giving her all to be released from whats emotionally bringing her/him down.
"Of
whatever it is
, legs, grass,"
She wants to escape all of those things that are overwhelming her.
"The garden,
the county, the country
, the world
-
"
Alliteration takes place with two similar spelled words.
The em dash is there to emphasis that the person does wants to escape from everything that is overwhelming her/him.
END OF FIRST STANZA

About Ted Hughes
20th century british poet
born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire in 1930
archeology and anthropology
Married American poet Sylvia Plath
Has in interest in writing about nature especially animals.
"She

is struggling through
grass-mesh

not flying,"
"Her
wide-winged
, stiff,
weightless

basket-work
of limbs"
"
Wide-winged"
is alliteration
"
Basket-work of limbs
" has many limps but they are weightless.
"
She
" refers to the cranefly.
Cranefly symbolizes a person who is emotionally overwhelmed.
Grass-mesh
is a net like thing in the grass as if saying that it was stuck in the grass.
"-"
emdash used to create emphasis on that it can not fly.
Lines 13-17
"
Sometimes
she
rests long minutes
in the grass forest"
Shift;After a while of trying she gives up.
"
Like a fairytale hero
, only a
marvel
can help her."
Only a miracle could help her escape from the overwhelming situation she is facing.
"She cannot
fathom
the
mystery
of this forest"
Isn't comprehending the way some things turn out to be.
"In which,
for instance
, this
giant watches

-
"
It gives an example of a confusion she has;
Giant
- a human, someone of importance.
Em Dash
is used to provide additional information of the giant.
"The
giant
who knows she cannot be helped in any way."
The giant in this case could be referred to as a shrink who realizes that the patient has no cure or way out of her or his problem.

END OF THE SECOND STANZA






Lines 18-24
"Her jointed
bamboo fuselage
,"
It is describing how she manages to escape from her problems.
"Her
lobster
shoulders, and her face"
Her shoulders were hard and strong , its a metaphor.
"Like a
pinhead dragon
, with its tender
moustache
,"
It has and little strip of hair over the upper lip. Not grooming itself properly.
"And the simple
colourless church
windows of her wings
"
Alliteration and a metaphor takes place explaining how progressively the person is becoming empty and emotionless.
"Will
come to an end
, in mid-search, quite soon."
Shift; foreshadowing a sudden death
"Everything about her , every
perfected vestment
"
Metaphor for all her physical looks...
"Is already superfluous"
Is unnecesary , its irrelevant

Lines 25-28
"The
monstrous excess
of her legs and
curly feet
"
Adjectives used to describe great amounts of.
This is saying that its been through a lot therefore its gotten use to the excess overweight on his/her shoulders.
"Are a
problem
beyond her."
This excess amount of stress does not help her.
"The calculus of
gluscose
and chitin inadequate"
The amount of problems and situations she faces are not benefiting her to the big problem she is already facing.
"To
plot her through
the infinities of the stems."
Since she has this burden over her shoulders its hard for him/her to move on with life normally.
END OF THIRD STANZA

Lines 29-32
"The
frayed apple leaves
, the grunting raven , the
defunct tractor
"
This line is describing an uncomfortable setting in which this person might be facing.
"Sunk in

nettles
,

wait with
their multiplications"
Are uncomfortable waiting for people to understand what they are going through.(Personification)
Alliteration is demonstrated to emphasis that they are waiting for others to join them.
"
Like other galaxies
The sky's northward
September procession
, the vast"
Refers to the emanation of the Holy Spirit.


Lines 33-36
"Soft
armistice
"
The agreement
"
Like an empire
on the move,"
Simile for moving on without paying close attention to destruction
"Abandons her, tinily
embattled
"
They leave her stranded , without help.
"With her
cumbering limbs and cumbered brain."
Repetition of the word cumbered which emphasizes that she is destroyed physically and mentally.
THE END!
Theme:
Tone:
Structure:
Plot:
Conflicts: She/he is faced with a big problem paired up with many other problems she/he has to deal with too.
Struggles: She/he tries to get out but obstacle get in her/his way and does not allow her to move on.
Loneliness: At the end they left her alone, without any help so she feels lonely.
Overwhelmed
Stressed
Frustration
Helpless
There is no specific rhyme to this poem, its is structured with multiple repetitions of words and complex sentences; in which consist of similes, metaphors and symbolic references. These describe her constant struggling to get away from her problems and her consecutive failures. This poem has numerous of em dash in order to create emphasis on what is being said.
The literal meaning of this poem is that a person is viewing how a crane fly struggles to lift itself up from a form of grass mesh; It describes how it being overweight does not allow it to move forward. Analysis:
A person is facing a problem in which he or she is overwhelmed and its not letting them move forward with their life, therefore the situation takes over and he or she ends up crumbled and mentally scarred.
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