Conflicting Perspectives - Ted Hughes, Birthday Letters

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How conflicting perspectives texts are distinguished When you’re analysing Conflicting Perspectives in relation to Hughes and your related text, you must be able to identify how the chosen medium and form influences the use of perspective. Medium and Form * Hughes writes confessional (form) poetry (medium) so it is essential that an analysis is made of the purpose of such a choice * The confessional mode is a reflective form indicating that Hughes is looking back on events and personalities within his own life For Conflicting Perspectives, this implies that Hughes’ use of it is based around a desire to endorse a particular view of ... For Conflicting Perspectives this implies that Hughes’ use of the confessional mode is based around a desire to endorse a particular view of an event, his relationship with Plath. Moreover, Hughes’ capacity to speak objectively is possibly undermined by bias as he is motivated by a need to assert his position. Reflective Forms Most reflective forms – * Confessional poetry * Diary entries * Autobiographies Are valuable as they give the responder intimate insight into the composer, whilst also giving the composer a chance for catharsis. Impersonal reflective forms * Reports * Columns * Interviews * Biographies The composers voice doesn’t pervade the entirety of the text, conflicting perspectives are often explored in his pursuit of an objective interpretation of an event. Non-reflective forms * Fictional texts The purpose of exploring conflicting perspectives is to consider the complexities of the human condition or the complexities of the human interaction. Conflicting perspectives * Conflict over what? The failure of a relationship * Conflict between whom? Hughes and Plath, Older Hughes and younger Hughes, Feminist lobby and Hughes * Conflict between what Hughes

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