Commenatry/ Analysis on the Poem “the Pike” by Ted Hughes:

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COMMENATRY/ ANALYSIS ON THE POEM “THE PIKE” BY TED HUGHES:
The poem begins with a description of a baby pike, and we are given the impression that right from the very moment of birth this creature is in possession of some pretty chilling characteristics.
“…Killers from the egg…”
In the first three stanzas, the persona sets the scene and describes the voracious, ruthless nature of this fish. In these stanzas, the fish and its environment occupy the center of attention.
“Pike, three inches long, perfect
Pike in all parts, green tigering the gold.
Killers from the egg: the malevolent aged grin.
They dance on the surface among the flies.

Or move, stunned by their own grandeur,
Over a bed of emerald, silhouette
Of submarine
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“…Killers from the egg: the malevolent aged grin…
…The jaws' hooked clamp and fangs…
…Three we kept behind glass…
…Suddenly there were two. Finally one
…with a sag belly and the grin it was born with. And indeed they spare nobody…
…The outside eye stared: as a vice locks-
The same iron in this eye…
…A pond I fished, fifty yards across…
…That past nightfall I dared not cast…

…But silently cast and fished
With the hair frozen on my head…”
The mood of this poem is contemplation. The poem emits a brooding feeling over the pike and its appearance. The persona seems to be wondering whether the pike is a lovely and positive thing, or is it a negative and vicious creature. He/she balances out both points equally, yet in the end; he/she is quite scared of it, so he/she decides it is a vicious, yet pretty creature.
“…Pike, three inches long, perfect
Pike in all parts, green tigering the gold.
Killers from the egg: the malevolent aged grin…
Or move, stunned by their own grandeur…
Of submarine delicacy and horror…
The jaws' hooked clamp and fangs …
…A pond I fished, fifty yards across…
…That past nightfall I dared not cast…

…But silently cast and fished
With the hair frozen on my head…”
The title in itself is whole

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