How will Hardy use language and poetic contact form to convey which means and ideas in ‘Wagtail and Baby'?
The composition ‘Wagtail and baby' can be described as commentary of the observations from the perspective of an infant by the side of a ford. Major of the baby is the wagtail and it watches as various pets or animals approach that. What causes the newborn confusion is the animals trigger the parrot no anxiety, but when a man approaches the bird flys swiftly aside in ‘Terror' before this individual even gets close. Jones Hardy has done this showing how the bird is at serenity with nature and other animals and man involvement interferes with the ordinary tranquility of character. This refers to Hardy's views on industrialisation at the moment and how the greed of men was affecting and destroying the natural world. This creates an atmosphere of paradox; as individuals try increasing their lives they deprive wildlife of theirs.
The poem is set up in cantique with alternating rhyming couplet (ABAB). This creates a childlike quality towards the poem such as a nursery rhyme which kind comments how it can be written throughout the eyes associated with an infant. This kind of reflects how everything can be new to the baby and this watches and learns by everything about it. The four cantique each identify a new animal that comes near the wagtail. The way they are all different and they come one particular after one other shows how it is occurring in that second.
The language this individual uses helps to portray his ideas in the poem. Once again Hardy adds to the childlike topic by talking about the wagtail as a ‘birdie' in the second stanza, this is the sort of point a child would say upon seeing a bird.
His style is definitely detailed and the use of poetic devices such as alliteration produces vivid imagery. Alliteration such as ‘blaring bull', ‘a stallion splashed' as he details the mongrel as ‘slowly slinking' represent a certain movements which the reader then picture in their heads. The activity of the chicken is also described in detail the application of verbs ‘twitch and toss', ‘clip and sip' showing sharp, quick movements...