Plath and Hughes

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What connections have you found between the ways in which Plath and Hughes write about the seasons and/or time of the year in their poems? In Plath and Hughes poems, the use of seasons and time is often used in order to represent the narrator’s inner world of feelings. Furthermore, they are used to set the tone of the poem and therefore inflict emotion upon the reader. In Plath’s ‘Spinster’, Spring is shown to cause uncomfortable feelings within the narrator, leaving them in “disarray”. The confusion and therefore discomfort within the reader is evident as a result of the “irregular babble” of the birds and the “tumult”. The use of verbs to heighten the sense of disorder and an unorganised surrounding allows the reader to comprehend the narrator’s views towards spring. Typically, Spring is associated with happiness and new life; however this is shown to upset the narrator in which she portrays the leaves to be “litter”. Furthermore, the use of natural imagery heightens the sense of mental instability within the narrator as she is evidently affected by harmless presence of nature. However, whilst it can be argued that the narrator’s dislike for the “sloven season” is as a result of the affect it has on her mentally, it can also be interpreted to affect her heart, as it is in reference to her “lover” who is “unbalancing the air”. It is suggested that love makes the narrator feel uncomfortable due to her not having full control. The fear of a particular time of day/year is also shown in Hughes’ ‘Wind’ in which night is shown to evoke fear. The narrator describes the woods to be “crashing through the darkness”. The use of onomatopoeia creates shock and fear within the narrator due to the harsh effects the wind is having on the “woods”; this is also evident through the use of “booming”. However, the use of “darkness” could not only be representative of the time of day,
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