Red by Ted Hughes

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'Red' is a final collection by Ted Hughes in 1998 before he died. It has also engages the final death of Slyvia Plath in this piece of poetry. Ted Hughes has used 'Red' and 'blue' to describe Plath's view of life and character from the day they got married and lived in their house.

In the beginning of Red, it has defines Plath's favourite colour that seems to wrap her entire life and movement. In line 4, 'blood-red' may have constitute a certain image caused in life that can be related to violence or conflict inferred to Plath. Life and death signifies nothing important for her to continue life and seems to live in remembrance in her deceased family members in line 7.

In the second part of the poem, Ted and Slyvia had married and she had stepped into the life of her husband. In line 2, 'Our room was red.

A judgement chamber' refers to how deeply in love Slyvia was to the colour that mades Ted shivers upon thinking of jurys. Everything was red from the ceiling to floor, the settings of their room was like a throbbing cell in line 9 which set his heart pounding. The only colour that can escaped from Slyvia were the bookshelves which can represent a glimpse of hope and meaning to the both of them.

In line 1 to 3 of 'Red' third portion, it tells us how Ted tried to runaway from the blood chamber by looking out to the windows but to no avail. He could not help himself from not thinking of his wife's saddening and crimson red image. He describes his feeling like blood tossing from a wound in line 5 that eventually will lead to a sense of impending doom (line 7).

In the fourth...