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					Full Moon and Little Frieda




                   Ted Hughes
Subject & Tone
– Frieda was the daughter of Ted Hughes
  and his wife, American poet Sylvia Plath.
– She was about two years old when this
  poem was written.

– Summarise the poem in one sentence.
– Identify the tone of the poem.
Imagery
• What scene do you envisage when
  you read this poem?
• What words contribute to this effect?
• Explain your thoughts to the rest of
  your table.
Imagery
"A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and
the clank of a bucket.”

• Comment on the poet's description of it being a
‘cool small evening’.

• How could the evening be so small that it is
‘shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a
Bucket’?
  Imagery
                              "And you listening.
                              A spider's web,
                              tense for the dew's
                              touch.”




Comment on the poet’s use of language.
“A pail lifted, still and brimming – mirror
To tempt a first star to a tremor.”




•Consider the poet’s meaning in this
sentence.
        Imagery
‘Cows are going home in the lane there, looping the
                      Hedges with their warm wreaths of breath –
 A dark river of blood, many boulders,
 balancing unspilled milk.’
Boulder – a large round rock


What poetic techniques has Hughes used in this phrase?
What is the effect?
‘Moon!’ you cry suddenly, ‘Moon!’ Moon!’

The moon has stepped back like an artist gazing amazed
                  at a work

                              That points at him amazed.




 •What is interesting about the final image in the
 poem?
Form
• The poem is written in free-verse and
  has no apparent rhyme scheme.
• Enjambment has been used. What is
  the effect?
• Why does the poet use hyphens after
  ‘bucket’, ‘brimming’ and ‘breath’?
• What is the effect of using dialogue?
• To whom is the poem addressed?
  How do you know?
Feeling
The poet believed that poetry and magic
 were one and the same thing.
• How is this shown in "Full moon and
  little Frieda"?
• Consider the way the Hughes has
  portrayed his daughter in this poem.
  What is revealed about his feelings for
  her?

				
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