Plath and Hughes themes to use for essay in exam

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Full Fathom Five - Water theme

  • Father is given a Mythological image, is referred to as god-like and deitic. 
  • Compared to aspects of the sea 
  • Vivid/striking imagery
  • Colourful imagery = white --> connoting innocence and purity
  • Reinforcing throth and age 
  • Some critics think Poseidon links to the 'kingdom's border'
  • Sea has made this image live on forever 
  • Metaphor 'radial sheaves' - hair 
  • Powerful figure comparison to vastness of ocean 
  • Power of the sea and death
  • Semantic field of death 'dangers' 'die' 'burial' - dangers of the ocean
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