The Horses Ted Hughes

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The Horses Ted Hughes

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Ted Hughes was born on August 17, 1930 in West Yorkshire, England. Ted went under two pseudonyms during early publication. Ted wrote poetry, non-fiction, and childrens books. He married a poet named Sylvia Plath, who later committed suicide a year after he left her for another woman. Ted Hughes would go on to win many awards throughout his life.

The Poem

Ted Hughes, The Horses I climbed through woods in the hour-before-dawn dark.Evil air, a frost-making stillness,Not a leaf, not a bird -5 A world cast in frost. I came out above the wood Where my breath left tortuous statues in the iron light.But the valleys were draining the darknessTill the moorline - blackening dregs of the brightening grey -10 Halved the sky ahead. And I saw the horses:Huge in the dense grey - ten together -Megalith-still. They breathed, making no move,with draped manes and tilted hind-hooves,Making no sound.15 I passed: not one snorted or jerked its head.Grey silent fragmentsOf a grey silent world.I listened in emptiness on the moor-ridge.The curlew's tear turned its edge on the silence.20 Slowly detail leafed from the darkness. Then the sunOrange, red, red eruptedSilently, and splitting to its core tore and flung cloud,Shook the gulf open, showed blue, 25 And the big planets hanging - I turnedStumbling in the fever of a dream, down towardsThe dark woods, from the kindling tops,And came to the horses.30 There, still they stood, But now steaming and glistening under the flow of light,Their draped stone manes, their tilted hind-hoovesStirring under a thaw while all around them35 The frost showed its fires. But still they made no sound. Not one snorted or stamped,Their hung heads patient as the horizons,High over valleys in the red levelling rays -40 In din of crowded streets, going among the years, the faces,May I still meet my memory in so lonely a place Between the streams and the red clouds, hearing the curlews,45 Hearing the horizons endure.


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"The Horses" Ted HughesBy: Morgan Laursen, Thomas Platt, Jarrett Brooks

At the time of writing this poem, Ted Hughes was London, England. He was inspired by william Shakespeare. After the death of his wife and influenced by his childhood, he wrote, “The Horses,” a poem in the book, “ Letters of Ted Hughes.”

The picture of the horse is relevant to the poem because it is about horses in the early morning. The speaker says that he sees horses that are in a lonely place, so the lone horse in the picture shows the imagery of the poem.

This song relates to the poem in quite a few ways. First of all the song talks about the mountains, hills, plains, etc. Which is where horses can be seen. There is a lot of talk about nature in this song and how lovely it is. Acres Wild is probably where the horses are running free just like in the poem and their rise to glory.

Annotation Title- The HorsesParaphase- The speaker is going into the cold woods at sunrise. He watches the horses and their movements.Speaker- The speaker is Ted Hughes. I believe he is the speaker because this poem was from the letters he wrote. He is very lonely and sad.Figurative Language- Imagery: Line 7, But the valleys were draining the darknessPersonification: Line 15, I passed: not one snorted or jerked its headSymbolism: Line 17, Of a grey silent worldPersonification: Line 37, Not one snorted or stampedSimile: Line 38, Their hung heads patient as the horizonsThese make the poem more interesting and serious.Attitude- Serious, calm, and neutural Shifts- The poem goes from the speakers actions and how he's going into the woods and seeing the horses. Then it goes to the horses and their actions.Title- The title is introducing the horsesTheme- Nature can be beautiful and evil.


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