Our task given by our teacher Pato Chujman was to read this article of Ted Hughes and write a summary listing the main ideas.
This is the summary I made:
‘Pike’ is based on an experience the author had while fishing in a pond. He shows a scene and he’s emotions. But the pond, for example, could represent the conscious mind.
He uses lots of imagery so that the reader can have a imagine the pike and feel like the fish is actually near. At the end he uses “Darkness beneath night’s darkness had freed, That rose slowly toward me, watching.” like if he also feels that the pike is watching him. A very clever end to this poem.
We were asked to read the poem “Pike” and look up the words that we didn’t uderstand.
– Pike: a large fish that lives in lakes and rivers and eats other fish.
– Malevolent: causing or wanting to cause harm or evil.
– Grin: a wide smile.
– Grandeur: the quality of being very large and special or beautiful.
– Silhouette: a dark shape seen against a light surface.
– Delicacy: something especially rare or expensive that is good to eat.
– Lily pad: the large, round-shaped leaf of the water lily that floats on the surface of water.
– Weeds: any wild plant that grows in an unwanted place.
– Clamp: a device made of wood or metal that is used to hold two things together tightly.
– Fang: a long, sharp tooth.