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September by Ted Hughes

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Shivani Somaiya

on 9 September 2014

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Transcript of September by Ted Hughes

'Birthday Letters'
(1998)
Common Themes:
Immortalization of time/ a moment
Higher power (Destiny/Fate)
Love and its timelessness
Lit. Devices:
Imagery
Personification
Metaphor/Simile
Structure:
4 stanza's; 4 lines each
Free Rhyme/ Weird Rhyme
Background, Themes, Structure and Lit. Devices.
Stanza 2
"It is midsummer: the leaves hand big and still:
Behind the eye a star,
Under the silk of the wrist a sea, tell
Time is nowhere"

"It is midsummer: the leaves hand big and still:" --> strong sense of imagery, builds on date of peom
'star' 'silk' 'wrist' 'sea' --> specfic words to enhance imagery
"Time is nowhere' --> personification, reply to previous stanza
Repetition/Anaphora of time; acts a constant reminder


Stanza 3
"We stand; leaves have not times the summer.
No clock now needs
Tell we have only what we remember:
Minuted uproaring with our heads."

Realization of memory
Realization of time running out
"Tell we have only what we remember" --> love is timeless, but memory isn't.
"Minutes uproaring with our heads" --> imagery, time is beginning to run out
Stanza 1
"We sit late, watching the dark slowly unfold:
No clock counts this.
When kisses are repeated and the arms hold
There is no telling where time is."

"We" --> Plath
'sit', 'watching' 'dark slowly' 'arms hold' --> imagery
Personification of time
End stopping:
dramatic pause
pause helps to add an emotional and, theatrical touch from sentence to sentence and conveys a depth of sentiment
Shivani Somaiya
September by Ted Hughes
Stanza 4
"Like an unfortunate King's and h."
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