- ted hughes’ ideas about poetry ted hughes, was born in 1939 and died in 1989, he wrote two poems, the jaguar and the thought-fox these are the poems that i am discussing in my essay and also what his ideas are on the poems. ‘the thought-fox’ is one of the most famous poems by ted hughes (1930-98) it is also one of the most celebrated poetic accounts of the act of writing poetry, or rather, more accurately, trying to write poetry and the arrival of inspiration.
Published in ted hughes’s first collection, ‘the thought fox’ is a poem as much about poetic inspiration as it is a vivid impression of the animal here, professor neil roberts explores the poem’s use of allusion, imagery and rhyme. Ted hughes, who wrote the thought-fox, was one of those poets born in yorkshire, ted hughes was the son of an avid countryman who fought in the war as part of the lancashire fusiliers born in yorkshire, ted hughes was the son of an avid countryman who fought in the war as part of the lancashire fusiliers. The thought fox by ted hughes the thought fox is a poem about writing a poem the poet is sitting in a room late at night, it’s dark outside and though he can’t see anything he senses a presence.
After discussing ‘the thought-fox’ in his book the art of ted hughes, keith sagar writes: ‘suddenly, out of the unknown, there it is, with all the characteristics of a living thing – “a sudden sharp hot stink of fox.
Essay: ted hughes, ‘ the thought-fox’ published by bernard on june 11, 2012 similar to the poem discussed above on the solitary reaper, hughes also rotates around the theme of poems.
Hughes in ‘the thought-fox’ unconsciously inflicts the violence of an art upon animal sensuality in a passionate but conflict-ridden attempt to incorporate it into his own rationalist identity the rhyme structure followed is a / a / b / b in the first stanza but in the second stanza it changes to c / c / d / d.
The ‘thought-fox’ has often been acknowledged as one of the most completely realised and artistically satisfying of the poems in ted hughes’s first collection, the hawk in the rain at the same time it is one of the most frequently anthologised of all hughes’s poems. The thought fox by ted hughes the thought fox is a poem about writing a poem the poet is sitting in a room late at night, it's dark outside and though he can't see anything he senses a presence.