Topics: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Poetry Pages: 1 (410 words) Published: November 20, 2010
Textual form helps convey ideas and meaning through techniques. These techniques help communicate various ideas the writer, poet or artist wishes the audience to be aware of. This inturn helps the audience create an understanding of the text and assists in them being able to develop their own opinions or interpretations of meaning throughout the text. In Ted Hughes poem ‘The Shot’ and RationallyLogical.blogspot.com’s cartoon ‘Science and Religion Finally Agree?’ techniques are used which have shaped my understanding of conflicting perspectives. These conflicting perspectives, although different from eachother have led to a greater understanding of how textual form has shaped my understanding. Ted Hughes poetry anthology known as his ‘Birthday Letters’ consists of eighty eight poems about the suicide of his estranged wife Slvia Plath. One of the poems in Hughes’ Birthday Letters which shaped my understanding of conflicting perpectives was The Shot. Huges uses several techniques throughout The Shot which suggest conflicting perspectives. The first and what is the most evident is the extended metaphor of Sylvia Plath being like a bullet. Throughout the poem Hughes uses an extended metaphor of a bullet he states “You were gold-jacketed, solid silver, Nickel Tipped. Trajectory perfect.” Which suggests Sylvias determination for a man in her life. After losing her Father at a very young age Hughes feels Sylvia spent the rest of her life trying to replace this ‘Father figure’ who, she saw as most other children of a young age see their Father, to be God like. However there is a conflicting perspective with the idea of Sylvia being the determined, driven and powerful woman who would stop at nothing until she reached her target. Huges goes onto describe Sylvia as a “sob-sodden Kleenex”. That rather then being the incessant bullet targetting men, she would stay at home with her “Saturday night panics” being self concious about her hair “done this way and done that...
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