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Pike - Ted Hughes

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By Ted Hughes Ted Hughes The main theme of Hughes' poetic work was based around nature; highlighting the beauty and brutality of animals. Pike, three inches long, perfect
Pike in all parts; green tigering the gold
Killers from the egg: the malevolent aged grin.
They dance on the surface among the flies.

Or move, stunned by their own grandeur,
Over a bed of emerald, silhouette
Of submarine delicacy and horror.
A hundred feet long in their world. Pike Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Mytholmroyd, West Riding of Yorkshire. He was an English poet, children's writer and
was appointed Poet Laureate in 1984 and served in this position until his death in 1998.
Hughes enjoyed activities such as hunting and fishing from a very early age. His first collection, Hawk in the Rain, was released in 1970. Hughes' first collection, Hawk in the Rain, was released in 1957 and he also wrote the well-known children's novel "Iron Man" 1968. Theme Hughes fundamentally used animals as a metaphor to depict his views of life to the reader The poem Pike was included in his second volume Lupercal 1960 The Poem In ponds, under the heat-struck lily pads-
Gloom of their stillness:
Logged on last year's black leaves, watching upwards.
Or hung in an amber cavern of weeds

The jaws' hooked clamp and fangs
Not to be changed at this date:
A life subdued to its instrument;
The gills kneading quietly, and the pectorals.
Three we kept behind glass,
Jungled in weed: three inches, four,
And four and a half: red fry to them-
Suddenly there were two. Finally one

With a sag belly and the grin it was born with.
And indeed they spare nobody.
Two, six pounds each, over two feet long
High and dry and dead in the willow-herb- One jammed past its gills down the other's gullet:
The outside eye stared: as a vice locks-
The same iron in this eye
Though its film shrank in death.

A pond I fished, fifty yards across,
Whose lilies and muscular tench
Had outlasted every visible stone
Of the monastery that planted them- Stilled legendary depth:
It was as deep as England. It held
Pike too immense to stir, so immense and old
That past nightfall I dared not cast Owls hushing the floating woods
Frail on my ear against the dream
Darkness beneath night's darkness had freed,
That rose slowly toward me, watching. Thank you for your attention The poem is free verse; for it has no particular rhyme scheme. The Poem is composed of eleven stanzas comprising of quatrains. Analysis Pike, three inches long, perfect
Pike in all parts; green tigering the gold
Killers from the egg: the malevolent aged grin.
They dance on the surface among the flies. Repetition and alliteration of the letter 'p' brings emphsis to main subject of the poem; the 'Pike.' The first seven stanzas are focusing the vicious aspects of the Pike and the gloominess of its environment; bringing forth the vile nature of this underwater predator. But silently cast and fished
With the hair frozen on my head
For what might move, for what eye might move.
The still splashes on the dark pond, Ted Hughes uses specific diction to
correspond with the aggressive tone of the poem. An example phrase is, "Killers from the egg." Hughes effectively conveys the idea that this wonder of nature was grotesque and certainly unappealing even when it was young. This also highlights that the Pike was born with its strong predatorial insticts. "Green tigering the gold." Hughes uses this to depict an image of savagery associated underwater creature comparing it to a jungle predator. Hughes uses verbs as adjectives in parts of the poem. This can be observed in the phrase, "the jaws' hooked clamp and fang."
Hughes conveys to the reader that the Pike's
jaws are specifically designed for killing and tearing apart flesh. This further emphasises the idea of the vicious aspects of the Pike. On the other hand, the final four stanzas ,focusing on the poet, reflect an eerie and mysterious atmosphere from an outsider's view of the Pike's habitat. In the process Hughes depicts 'man' as being a disturbance to the world of nature. The word 'tigering' may also illuminate a sense of motion to Hughes' selected adjectives, which bring forth emphasis to the mysterious and unpredictable aspects of nature. "One jammed past its gills down the others gullet." Hughes uses the verb "jammed" to suggest
a sudden, violent movement which contributes to the poets' selected theme of violence. "As deep as England" Hughes uses this metaphor to convey the idea that the pond in which the Pike resides is much more complex and intricate in terms of geography and the history of its inhabitants. Hughes conveys the idea that we, humans, do
not truly understand the contrasting perspective of the natural world and that we possibly have more to learn. Sibilance The final stanzas contain various examples of sibilance, "still splashes," this infers the idea of silence hovering over the pond during the night. This also conjures up the ideas of a history filled with war and violence in England, which link to the savagery of the Pike. Hughes is implying that human-beings hold the similar predatorial instincts due to our willingness to survive.
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