Divergent Viewpoints - Ted Hughes

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The nature of conflicting perspectives is to explore differing values and ideas, through the representation of the events, people and situations, which in some way impact on the composer and the reader. Composers often manipulate their representations for their own purpose and these conflicting perspectives exist because of the eternal subjectivity of composers. Hughes' 20th century confessional poems, "Fulbright Scholars" and "Your Paris" offers a perspective on his tempestuous relationship with Plath, persuading the reader that he was the victim suffocating under Plath's mental instability. Similarly, George Clooney's (2005) American dramatic film, "Good Night and Good Luck", in conjunction with Hughes poetry demonstrates how the …show more content…

Essentially, conflicting perspectives can be formed at one time when one is intimately involved and then shared at another time, hence generating deeper insights into people, events and situations. All observations by the poet reveal his unique perspective, on their 1957 honeymoon, evident in "Your Paris". Within "Your Paris", Hughes' title uses accusatory second person speaker, 'you', and sarcastic tone to shape the responders perspective of Plath's naïve "shatter of exclamations". The "post-war utility survivor" attitude of Hughes conflicts with Plath's artistic and stylised vision of "frame after frame" of "Your Paris". Hughes juxtaposes her "sunny exposure" of her Parisian streets to his personal perspective of "bullet scarred… Quai stonework" and "cafes filled with SS mannequins". Hughes reflects on how her cheery façade hid a painful reality, highlighted by the simile, "your lingo… like an emergency burn off to protect you from spontaneous combustion". Hughes has chosen figurative language which seeks to create empathy in the responder through Plath's mental instability. The animal imagery found in the metaphor, "the mere dog in me happened to protect you" positions himself as a loving and patient husband in spite of her psychosis. Consequently the representation of events in persuading the responders that their perspective is unique and the truth.

Just as Hughes has been blamed for Plath's suicide, the conflicting perspective fuelling public