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

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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
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“…It was as deep as England…
The outside eye stared: as a vice…
Over a bed of emerald, silhouette
Of submarine delicacy and horror…
Jungled in weed…”
One more stylistic device is hyperbole. It is used, along with imagery, to create a strong impression or a more flamboyant picture of the pike’s appearance.
…A hundred feet long…
… The outside eye stared: as a vice locks-
The same iron in this eye...”
One of the themes that are present is: fear. The persona is quite frightened by the pike’s fierceness and enormity. The last stanza of the poem tells us that the fish is slowly and silently surfacing to stare down this intruder, the persona, who has dared to disturb its territory with his/her fishing. It is clear from the persona’s choice of detail that this pond belongs to the pike and that the persona violates the fish’s domain at his/her peril.
“…A pond I fished, fifty yards across…
… It held
Pike too immense to stir, so immense and old
That past nightfall I dared not cast

But silently cast and fished
With the hair frozen on my head
For what might move, for what eye might move.
The still splashes on the dark pond…
That rose slowly toward me, watching.”

Another theme present is violence. It is stated in the poem that the pike is a very brutal fish, right from birth, and spares no one. It is mentioned further ahead that one of the fish eats its kin, with a

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