Line 30 : Shows that the pond is very old and the monastery is ageless. This seems to be memories, some of which or all of which are from childhood, so we could link this to the of: childish fears which still have a hold on us. Not a few will wonder why Lucy Hughes-Hallett should have bothered herself with a writer most of whose oeuvre, 48 volumes of it, is forgotten even in his native Italy. I used to be a very keen angler for pike, and I still am when I get the chance. Recently I felt like doing. The descriptions are rhythmic, lulling the reader and allowing the final stanzas to take on additional sinister imports. The sight was so silent that it seemed as if the silent were splashing on the pitch black water of the pond.
The aquarium is supposed to be a small world where there is little to gain and everything to lose. The kneading of the gills and the pectorals involuntarily perform their respective functions. But the poet has used a simple fish to attract our attention. But that image is broken from our minds when we read the next line. This is similar to the poem found in the anthology The Cockroach when the poet finds that the animal that he describing, the cockroach, completely reflect the actions of his life, as well as the life of many that walk on this earth.
This could thus be a reference to how the pike is perfectly built for killing in water, similar to how the tiger is perfectly built for hunting on land. His intention to establish a utopia based on his fascist and artistic ideals. 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. Line 27 : Noticed that one other eye closes to show its dead. Yeats' diction changes as the poem progresses from stanza to stanza. See it and live it.
This instinct is inborn, but the sophistication that he develops is acquired. The best creatures to ever walk this earth in the eyes of the poet. It is here that is life is subdued weakened what is the point in life if you are built do something that you are not passionate about? With the hair frozen on my head For what might move, for what eye might move Pike is a bright example of Ted Hughes true poetic brilliance. Therefore the use of the word dance is a metaphor used to describe the hunt. Nevertheless, this aggression behavior remains in this subconscious. This illustrates the fact that one of the pike has eaten one. .
The poem falls into three sections: the first four stanzas describe the Pike and its habitat; the next three look at Pike kept behind glass; and the final four stanzas recall a specific pond and the sinister experience of fishing there. Now go fishing in these first four stanzas for words, phrases, whole lines which describe the Pike. The convenience of the high trees! Its color is a blending of green and yellow. So the hawk can kill anyone and anything and if it has the right then why show remorse. Three we kept behind glass, Jungled in weed: three inches, four, And four and a half: fed fry to them- Suddenly there were two. The poems I am going to compare are based on animals. His books and poetry are still being read.
The fact that the pike looks through the dead black leaves without acknowledging its presence once again demonstrates its arrogance, as if it deserves to have plants die for it. His father was a carpenter. A smart Florentine boarding school provided the necessary polish and fostered his literary gifts. This is a key factor in the effectiveness of nearly all of Hughes' early work - the stark contrast between life and death, vitality and lethargy. You will see by looking at the place in my memory very hard and very carefully, and by using the words that grew naturally out of the pictures and feelings. Fry the young ones of fish are kept in a glass jar, for the pike to prey on.
Everyday we wake up thinking that it is just another day but we must be happy because we are alive. The poet here is exemplifying the fact that the pike is already structured to become the perfect killer since birth. He uses the word 'clamp' to describe how the fish locks its prey and the word 'fangs' which is usually associated with the venom and fatality that comes to mind when one imagines a serpent. Line 25 : Poet notices that one eye was blank. What was the Gehenna Press? Animals are living things that we see in our everyday lives yet we don't seem to give them any importance.
Its cat-like bone structure is perfect for hunting in its particular environment. I suppose they are even bigger by now. The pond could represent the conscious mind of Hughes himself. Robert Birmelin: © Robert Birmelin. Other creatures must die in order for it to live. Hughes also tended to have a very big obsession with big and fierce creatures and often written poems including the The Juguar in the animal world and the Thistles of the plant world.
Introduction Hughes provides the perfect introduction to his poem 'Pike' in the Poetry Archive recording. Emerald being a precious stone and of a deep green colour, complements his love for the species. The human does not know this submarine land well and therefore it has a kind of mysterious beauty that appeals to the human kind as it contains precious rocks. What to comment on next: how the fish behind glass are contained, but still mysterious, then hidden under beautiful lily pads, then disappeared into the depths of ages - as if ancient - then night fishing terrors - with something he can't see. The poem describes the lifestyle of animals at the zoo and their different attitudes towards their entrapment in their cage, and tributes the majesty of the Jaguar. It helps to intensify the cruelty of the hawk.