Analysis of The Shot By Ted Hughes

IB Diploma: Part Four - Critical Study

 Context & Subject Matter

For this and most of the poems in Birthday Letters, it is important to be familiar with some of Sylvia Plath’s poetry, especially Daddy, Lady Lazarus and Ariel.

Psychologists recognise that people sub consciously look for their parents in their search for life long partners and are generally severely disappointed when their catch fails to make the grade.

Sylvia Plath was doomed by the eight-year-old girl inside her who failed to grieve a father who died too soon; that her whole project (“trajectory perfect as if through ether”) was to get back to that father in his grave……….


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