In The Stag Hughes seems to comment on man’s relationships with nature
With reference to The Stag and one other poem in the section discuss
the poet’s treatment of conflict between man and nature.
“In ‘The Stag’ Hughes seems to comment on man’s relationships with
nature” With reference to ‘The Stag’ and one other poem in the section
discuss the poet’s treatment of conflict between man and nature.
The Stag was written by a poet named Ted Hughes and is similar to the
poem Roe-Deer in many respects because they feature many similar
ideas. The poem is about the distant relationship between humans and
nature, in this case it is a Stag the represents the natural side and
its actions compared to the humans and their actions. The whole story
of the poem is portraying a negative image as it is about horsemen
hunting the stag with hounds. The hunting of such a beautiful creature
just shows us how cruel we are as a race and how unnecessary it is for
us to be hunting such an animal and this poem helps us realise that
this is going on all the time and it is just a reminder. The idea of
the distant relationship is shown when it says “the stag loped through
his favourite valley” tells us that he is the only person who is in
that forest usually.
Ted Hughes expresses part of his feeling as he says “pulled aside the
camouflage of their terrible planet” this tells us that he sympathises
with the stag and is disgusted at our behaviour. It is also
interesting that the animals who have been brought into are world have
also been turned barbaric, such as the hounds which have been taught
to hunt the stag for no reason as it does not need to kill it for
survival reasons it is just doing it through command of the hunters.
The poem also portrays the Stags innocence and helplessness by using
phrases such as “his limbs all cried different directions to his
lungs, which only wanted to rest” and “doubled back weeping” As I said
before Roe – Deer written by the same poet features a...