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The present volume, edited by Weissbort, surveys this aspect of Hughes' canon for the first time, offering a broad selection from his numerous translations, together with hitherto unpublished material (versions of Paul Eluard, or of Yves Bonnefoy), and excerpts from essays and letters. Strongly rooted in a native tradition, Hughes was nevertheless indebted to literary cult...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Faber & Faber
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Robert
I will say at the outset that it is irritating that this is a "selected" rather than "collected" volume; it is time to gather up all of Hughes' literary work and make it available to people in as few volumes as possible.

The Bardo Thodol (Tibetan Book of the Dead) is a guide for the recently deceased; it is intended to help the dead avoid re-incarnation (escape the Wheel of Life). Hughes has translated/adapted several excerpts that appear as the first section of this volume. I found them fascinat...more
Caroline
Ted Hughes had a lifelong interest in translation; he and Daniel Weissbort founded Modern Poetry in Translation in 1965. Most of these translations were destined for other publications, however, or for the stage. They include full or partial poems by Homer, Yves Bonnefoy, Aeschylus, Yehuda Amichai, Lorenzo de Medici, Racine, Eluard and many others. Weissbort is the editor of this volume.

There are many selections from poets I had never heard of, including a stunning version of 'The Boy Changed in...more
Christos Kallis
Translations are not quite my piece of cake. And very often I maintain that traslations are a cake that should stay in a dilapidated fridge. The poems are rendered shallow, bare and lifeless, when they undergo a process of translation. Fortunately Ted Hughes translations are in one end of the spectrum - the good one - which merely means "the lesser of two evils".

I understand that this book - selected translations by Ted Hughes - might worth more to some than others. Perhaps even five stars. Wha...more
Linda
it was really cheap & i hadn't heard of some of the authors. i admire his audacity - retranslating translations without having read the original...
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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...more
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