"How does Plath present the theme of nature in her poetry?"

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A-level English Literature Mind Map on "How does Plath present the theme of nature in her poetry?", created by Callum Dwyer on 04/21/2014.

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"How does Plath present the theme of nature in her poetry?"
1 "Whirlpools to make away with the ground work of the earth and the sky's ridgepole" - 'Full Fathom Five', Plath (8)
1.1 "Winds stampeding the fields under the window" - 'Wind', Hughes (9)
1.2 Plath and Hughes both recognise the potentially violent power of the natural world, and its potential to destroy the human world.
2 "The moon is my mother. She is not sweet like Mary" - 'The Moon and the Yew Tree', Plath (31)
2.1 "The moon has stepped back like an artist amazed at a work that points at him amazed" - 'Full Moon and Little Frieda', Hughes (34)
2.2 Plath refers to the moon as her mother, which shows that she had a real affinity with nature, as does Hughes. However, Plath recognises an apathetic, if not cruel quality to the natural world, which Hughes rarely does in his work.
3 "Where do the trees go that drink here? Their shadows must cover Canada" - 'Crossing the Water', Plath (38)
3.1 "Huge in the dense grey, ten together. Megalith still" - 'The Horses', Hughes (7)
3.2 Both Plath and Hughes recognise the imposing vastness of the natural world. Hughes implies that the stillness of the horses is somewhat ominous.
4 "Stars open among the lillies" - 'Crossing the Water', Plath (38)
4.1 "Then the sun orange, red, red, erupted" - 'The horses', Hughes (7)
4.2 Plath juxtaposes the gentle light of stars with the imposing presence of darkness, whereas Hughes presents the presence of light in a sudden and powerful way.

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