To Paint a water lily Essay

1462 WordsMar 24, 20096 Pages
Analysis of “To Paint a Water Lily” It is often seen in Literature that poetry is used to express the appreciation the author feels for the elements in nature. Ted Hughes uses the poem “To Paint a Water Lilly” to express his views on nature. In this poem, the speaker examines the complex facets of nature by illuminating the challenges he faces as an artist in capturing its essence. When he looks upon the scene before him, he sees a vibrant microcosm of constant movement and activity, disguised by the placid stillness of the water lilies that drift at the surface of the pond. As an artist, he knows that to paint the water lily and do it justice requires more than a simple depiction of the plant itself. He must also somehow capture the heart of its environment, the buzzing and teeming life that surrounds it. The intensity with which the speaker describes busy life around the water lilies and the appreciation he feels for the striking complexity of nature is expressed through the use of tone, language, imagery, diction, and figurative language in the poem. At the first reading, the reader's attention is appealed to the theme of nature. The poem seems to evoke a part of nature, since the main subject is a water lily. The text is punctuated by many references to the nature. “Leaves” (1), “flies” (3), “space” (7), “trees” (9), and “rainbow” (13) are typical words used to describe or represent nature. The ambiance of air (rainbow, flies), of plants (trees, leaves) and of insects (flies) are represented by the diction as different parts of this world. The world itself is portrayed in both microcosmic (with little elements like “flies”) and macrocosmic (with large elements like “space” or “rainbow”) views. The first word of the poem is “green,” a symbolical way to show the nature in her simplicity, and it also has a metaphoric meaning since it represents the aspect of

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