The Concept Of Anthropocentricism By Ted Hughes

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Q. In his poetry, Ted Hughes re-casts human and nonhuman relations in a manner which makes man re-think anthropocentrism and its impact on the environment. How can the re-thinking of the category of the human be important in today's world? Elaborate in the light of any 6 poems by Ted Hughes. These poems should include at least four poems that you have not studied in your course.
The given statement engages us is to explore the relations of non-human creatures like plants, animals and natural elements with human existence, and to throw light on how the concept of Eco-criticism overpower the concept of anthropocentricism. Through the concept of Eco-criticism, Hughes’ concept of nature reveals his environmental and poetic imagination. In his poetry,
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Anthropocentricism perceive humanity as the center of the world and a mode of wisdom that perceives the external nature as estranged and subject of manipulation which illustrated Hughes’ work and provided a new dimension with respect to environment. Our analysis reveals that animal life is both depicted as an “other” and an object of admiration. When they are brought into domestication, the poet invokes mercy for them because human beings have presumed that “other” at margin are a logon and entirely immune from the rest of creation. Now time has approached for us to say that human is not ontologically isolated beings but they are enmeshed with non-humans. In the 21st century, people recognized that humans are not restricted within their own skins; they are enmeshed within the world. Hughes was the first who re-defined human’s relation with the planet in such a way that allows us to re-consider our assemblage with the non-human world. Hughes’ poetry can be understood in relation to Eco-criticism, particularly when human exploit nature for utilitarian purposes. His poems such as “Pike”, “Thistles”, “Hawk Roosting”, “The wind”, “Thought fox” and “The horses”, assess critically the Anthropocentric ideology. His poetic vision critiques Anthropocentric ideologies that often disregards or overlooks the diversity of non-human things and ecological elements such as river, …show more content…
Hughes motivates our innate awareness of the violence and leads us into a closer world of pike by elaborating different stages of pike’s growing up. The poet, in order to reveal the fierceness of pike, points out that though they are only “three inches long” but they are “killers from the egg”. This shows that the creature has not developed much and has been there since the age of antiquity. The poet then illustrates pike’s terrific beauty by relating them to submarines that can easily conquer other fishes and even their own species by their sharp

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