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The Thought Fox Russell Taylor L6IB English

The first line of the poem is very interesting. As the poet starts the poem with the word

“imagine” it gives me the feeling that the poet is beginning to create something, he is

trying to dive into his mind and unleash the power of his mind’s creativity. I think that he

has emphasized this point by using the alliteration of the words “midnight moment’s”. In

the second line the poet’s use of diction is very good. He writes “something else is alive”.

The word “something” suggests that the poet does not know what is alive so is trying to

find out what it is. So again this gives the reader a feeling that the poet is exploring his

mind his confused and entangled mind. The word “forest” suggests this point that the

poets mind is confused as a forest its self in reality is a vast confusing, entangled and

lonely place. In the third line “Beside the clock’s loneliness” the writers description of the

clock with the word “loneliness” really makes it clear that the writer is in solitude, and at

the end of the line the – ness on the word loneliness sort of lets the reader go, it lets the

readers mind flow and makes the reader notice the writers solitude. I think as well that the

last two lines of the first stanza are sort of a question that the poet desires to answer at the

end of the poem, these two lines bring the poem down to reality, they centre the poem and

provide the structure on which the poet writes the rest of the poem.

In the second stanza the poet says “I see no star”. This is interesting because it is a riddle

and it makes the reader slow down and figure out what the poet is saying. The poet

emphasizes with the words above that he has no inspiration yet, his mind still has not been

able to create something. The words above emphasize to the reader this exact point, that

there is nothing illuminating the scene. In the middle of the second stanza the poet uses

contrast with the two lines

“Something more near” and

“Though deeper within darkness”

I think this emphasizes the point that the poet still does not know exactly what he is

looking for but he can sense it is near. The rhyming of the last word in the second stanza

“loneliness” with the word “darkness” and the end of the previous line, just reinforces the

state of mind that the poet is in, it sort of rounds the stanza off.

In the third stanza the poet enters into a full fictional mode, this gives the reader the sense

that what the poet is writing is beginning to flourish and that the poem is starting to take

shape. The poet uses alliteration in the second line of this third stanza “A fox’s nose

touches twig, leaf;” The repetition of the “T” sound emphasizes what the fox is doing. The

poet is now describing the creativity in his mind as he sees it. Also the way the words

“touches” “twig” and “leaf” are written gives the feeling that the words are being

snatched out of the mind and jotted onto the paper as they are. This makes the reader begin

to feel what the poet is feeling as he is writing the poem. The poet uses repetition in the

last two lines “Two eyes serve a movement, that now and again now , and now, and now” I

think this emphasizes the writing of the poem as it builds and builds. It also has another

meaning in that thy are the footprints of the imaginary fox. The fox is walking and the

words are being written.

The words “Sets neat prints” emphasize the footprints of the fox. The words sound precise

and sharp so they make the reader slow down and notice the description that the poet is

using. In the rest of the stanza the poet uses enjambment.

“Between trees, and warily a lame

Shadow lags by stump and in hollow

Of body that is bold to come”

This enjambment...
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