Analysis Of The Poem Swifts By Ted Hughes

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Writen Commentary #1 In his poem titled, “Swifts,” Ted Hughes conveys his amazement and awe at the birds perfectly, utilizing a mint use of language, sentence structure and tone. Each gives an uncorrupted image of the speedy birds, as he watches and tries to follow their every twist and turn through his neighborhood. It is almost like a parent watching their child play on a vast playground, watching every step they take and move they make. The language Hughes uses is acceleratied, and gives the reader a perfect image of how the Swifts actually act and what they resemble. Hughes begins his poem with the Swifts returning back from winter migration in the spring. He is shouting for joy when he sees them with a repition of, “Look!” This further emphasizes his joy at the Swifts coming and going. Hughes also repeats the word, “again,” over and over, continuining to stress how intently he is watching the birds and they, “whirl,” with, “leaden velocity,” all over the place. When the Swifts leave Hughes’s house, and starts building their nest in another neighborhood, Hughes calls the owners of those houses, “lucky,” but still continues to watch them.…show more content…
While the birds areWhen he loses sight of the birds as they fly out into the sky he describes it as the birds, “Sparkl[ing] out into the blue.” When the birds are turning as one, Hughes describes it as the birds, “Power-thrust[ing],” and “Flicker[ing],” in the direction they are going. Hughes even compares the Swifts to, “international mobsters,” because of how they stay together, even at such fast paces in the air. Hughes uses the language, and comparisions, he does to transmit that he even though the birds are of pretty normal size, he views them as much bigger thab they actually are
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