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Originally the medieval bestiary or book of animals set out to establish safe distinctions - between them and us - but Hughes's poetry works always in a contrary direction: showing what man and beast have in common, the reservoir from which we all draw.

Alice Oswald's selection is arranged chronologically, with an eye to different books and styles, but equally to those poem
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 4th 2014 by Faber & Faber (first published April 1st 2014)
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I don't think I will ever be able to articulate the feeling I had when I first read Hawk in the Rain... I was in Foyles bookshop in London one evening, just browsing. I randomly picked up Hughes' first collection, and read the eponymous poem. And it was like... it was like a jolt of electricity. The terrible clarity and honesty about the beauty and terror and power and fragility of life, somehow anti-romantic about and awestruck by nature at the same time. Sublime.
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Edward James Hughes was an English poet and children's writer, known as Ted Hughes. His most characteristic verse is without sentimentality, emphasizing the cunning and savagery of animal life in harsh, sometimes disjunctive lines.

The dialect of Hughes's native West Riding area of Yorkshire set the tone of his verse. At Pembroke College, Cambridge, he found folklore and anthropology of particular
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