Critical Analysis of My Own True Family Class 10

The following article is a critical analysis (appreciation) of the poem My Own True Family by Ted Hughes. The poem is an allegory and is intended for the students of class 10. of West Bengal (Madhyamik). So read it thoroughly and understand the nature of the poem. Let’s begin.

Critical Analysis of My Own True Family

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Question/TopicCritical Analysis
PoemMy Own True Family
AuthorTed Hughes
SourceMeet My Folks
Topic Info Table

Critical Analysis of MOTF

My Own True Family is an allegorical poem by Ted Hughes. The poet expresses his deep love for nature through this poem. He has emphasised the need for the conservation of the environment.

The poem is full of symbolism. The boy’s search for the stag symbolises our quest for an ideal living place. The old woman symbolises mother nature and her dress and physical condition symbolise the present degrading nature of the environment. The tribe stands for the oak trees.

Human beings are exploiting resources from mother nature for personal benefit. She is shabby and in rags due to man’s exploitation. The poet categorically tells us that mother nature and oak trees are ready to take revenge. She knows every intent of humans.

The need of conserving nature and planting more trees is evident in the symbolism and images of the poem. The poet wants to convey that we not only grow more trees but also protect the existing trees. We should grow together like the members of ‘My Own True family.’ We are interconnected. The doom of the trees is an existential threat to human beings.

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