A Critical Comparison of The Stag And Roe-Deer Essay

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A Critical Comparison of The Stag And Roe-Deer

There are six stanzas, which are each seven lines long. This is written in free verse, it has no rhyming scheme and there is no rhythm that I can see. The lines are about ten words long, apart from the last two lines, which are shorter. The title is simple and straightforward. It is significant that the whole of the stanza is about people except for the last line, which is about the stag, keeping a distinction between the two.

The poem is set at Exmoor, which is well known for stag hunting.
Exmoor is in the countryside and has a low population, so the idea of a traffic jam there is unusual. The presence of so many people is ludicrous. It takes place in November, a month
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The words used to describe the stag are usually associated with humans. This makes you ask yourself if this animal were human would it be being treated in such a way, and if not, why do we feel we have the right to treat weaker creatures in such an appalling manner.

The poem gives us the feeling that the stag is in great pain, the use of words such as "weeping" and sentences such as "his heart became just a club" reflect this. This use of word manipulates the reader into feeling a great pathos for the stag.

The end of the poem has a great build in tension, it seems threatening and it has been used effectively throughout the poem. It is quite a distressing poem and the anti-climax created makes us feel a great anger towards, not only the hunters, but also the spectators. The ambiguity at whether the stag dies or not, or perhaps whether the crowd did not see the death, leaves us feeling incensed at the disappointment of the gathering.

The idea of the natural and the 'man-made' world merging is very important in this, as with most of Ted Hughes poems. It has double entendre, on the one hand hunters are about a stag chasing this poem, on the other hand it is more of a metaphor used to demonstrate the destructiveness of the human-nature.

Personification is used throughout the poem to put the stag on equal grounds to the hunters. Hughes is trying to put across the idea of the inhumane way in

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