The Thought Fox Figurative Language

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“Figurative language is by no means just ornamental, but an important part of guiding cognitive construal.”(Dancygier, 2014 p196) Attention to figurative language when analysing a text is critical as making judgement on a text can be undetermined when taking in the literal sense, perhaps the text when taken literally means nothing or has a shallow and uninteresting meaning but when figurative language is taken into consideration a deeper new meaning can be taken from the text. The aim of figurative language first and foremost is to force the reader to imagine what it is the writer is trying to express and to explain the concept in an interesting way. This language is not supposed to be taken literally and through comparisons to another concept, a deeper undertone is revealed to the reader. Two of the poems in which make use of figurative language are “Mary’s Song” by Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes “The Thought Fox” In Plath's “Mary Song” she uses metaphors to portray a deeper message to the reader. There are three main metaphors all overlapping within Plath’s poetry. This is the goal of figurative language within the text. It is not supposed to be taken for its…show more content…
The poem can not be taken for its literal mean but instead, it compels the reader to delve deeper into the immediate. The main connotation is the Fox. Foxes are known worldwide as sly, they do not attack suddenly but instead, they plan and sneak up slowly on their prey. Hughes is perhaps, using this image to get the reader to imagine this is how inspiration comes to a writer. As the fox sneaks into the room so too will inspiration to write.The fox inches in “that now And again now, and now, and now.” The fox moves slowly, carefully, incrementally in a series of steps. It inches in carefully. Hughes exploits this aspect of a foxes characteristics to establish this deep
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