Full Moon and Little Frieda
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.
• What scene do you envisage when
you read this poem?
• What words contribute to this effect?
• Explain your thoughts to the rest of
"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
"And you listening.
A spider's web,
tense for the dew's
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
‘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
• The poem is written in free-verse and
has no apparent rhyme scheme.
• Enjambment has been used. What is
• 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?
The poet believed that poetry and magic
were one and the same thing.
• How is this shown in "Full moon and
• Consider the way the Hughes has
portrayed his daughter in this poem.
What is revealed about his feelings for