What similarities and differences can you see in The Thought-Fox and

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What similarities and differences can you see in The Thought-Fox and
Digging in terms of ideas, language, structure, and rhythm / rhyme?-
How might these aspects affect any reading of the poem?

What similarities and differences can you see in ‘The Thought-Fox’ and
‘Digging’ in terms of ideas, language, structure, and rhythm / rhyme?

- How might these aspects affect any reading of the poem?

I found that one of the most significant similarities between ‘The
Thought-Fox’ by Ted Hughes and ‘Digging’ by Seamus Heaney, was how the poets in question talked about their writing process, their creative process in the poem itself. In each poem the voice of the poet is easily distinguished, as they are both written in the first
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The idea of a process is also present in ‘The Thought-Fox’, it is the thought processes, the process of thinking; coming up with ideas themselves.

Another relationship between the two poems is that both authors are contemplating certain issues which they have concluded by the closing stages of the poem. It is possible that the conclusion for one issue may had been reached already by the poet at the beginning of ‘Digging’ but it is not finalized until the end. The issue this writer has is that of failure, it is clear that the poet holds an immense amount of respect for his elders and their specialized abilities but possibly has felt as if he never lived up to their expectations because his skills lay elsewhere, with the ‘pen’. He is proud of his forefathers and boasts that his “grandfather cut more turf in a day than any other man”. So the fundamental idea of the poem besides writers block, in this case, is that of acceptance, acceptance that his future does not lie in farming with “men like them”, whatever he may wish and acceptance of himself and his own personal identity.

‘The Thought-Fox’ on the other hand can be simply interpreted as just the breakthrough of writers block, by the last stanza the writer has successfully completed a page of writing, and the problem is solved.
The issue of not having the ideas or
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