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Q Poets are often concerned with the connections between man and the natural world Choose two poems and explain how the poets attitudes are conveyed through the choice of language Thistles effectively shows how Ted Hughes is able to use an extended and sustained metaphor of a negative facet of nature in order to portray the destructive repetitious nature of man The choice of subject for this metaphor representing mans brutality is also successful in showing how man is linked to and a part of nature The tone of Thistles is more reflective and a statement of what is Mountain Lion by DH Lawrence however has a distinctive negative mood as the poet shows the link of man to nature as domineering and destructive to the latter party Although the simplistic and often negative diction of Mountain lion plays an effective part in conveying the theme of the piece in contrast to Thistles the language of this poem is not the main technique used it is rather the events of the poem that more deliberately and clearly convey the poet DH Lawrences views on mans connections to the natural world The first stanza of Thistles is devoted to the introduction of the main metaphorical subject of the poem conveying the thistles setting in the present and thus not immediately portraying their representation of mankind this deduction is caused by the contrast of the summer air in this first stanza compared to the winter of the second Although the link between nature and man is not evident here the poet already grants the thistles similar attributes to the violence of men - the blue black pressure can be analogous to a corpse possibly a foreshadowing effect for the connection that is made between the thistles and the Vikings who represent the widespread violence of man In contrast to this Lawrence uses only the first three lines of his piece in order to introduce the
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