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Drawn from Ted Hughes's celebrated programs for the BBC's "Listening and Writing" series, Poetry in the Making is a fresh, student-friendly discussion of what Hughes calls "imaginative writing." Offering generous citations from the work of several English-speaking, mostly modern or contemporary poets--including Hopkins, Dickinson, Eliot, Larkin, Plath, and himself--Hughes ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1967 by Faber & Faber
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Mina
Sep 15, 2014 Mina rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A short and sweet read - includes a wide variety of selections of poetry from names such as Plath, Roethke, Vasco Popa and many more. Complimented with insightful comments from Ted Hughes on poetry of different thematic topics (animals, people, wind & weather, etc.).

One of my favourite selections:

"“...imagine what you are writing about. See it and live it. Do not think it up laboriously, as if you were working out mental arithmetic. Just look at it, touch it, smell it, listen to it, turn yo
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Lauma Lapa
i really wish someone would write a book like this for the latvian schools. to teach to see, to capture, to think, to reflect, to name.
so perfectly.
Kevin
A nice little book about writing and thinking. it comes from a radio series for kids i guess but feels like gentle encouragement for a general audience (until the last few sections which are more kiddie maybe).

Inspiring a playful mood and a closer look at the everyday that might have come a little easier to us when we were children. I always find it inspiring to read good poems as well - why don't i read poetry more?!
Sherry Chandler
These radio "programmes" were done for children but there's plenty of food for thought here for adults, no matter your opinion of Ted Hughes the poet or T.H. the man.

Americans would find some of the material dark for children's consumption. Certainly it doesn't condescend.
Adam J. M. Eagleton
This is a wonderful book. To read this great poet's thoughts about poetry and the creative process in such an impersonal way is a supreme pleasure, and his wisdom is, to me at least, invaluable.
Aitchemm
A wonderful insight into the creative process. I would like to have read a bit more though.
Chris S
Classic poetry teaching material.
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my ambitions in their undoing
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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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“...imagine what you are writing about. See it and live it. Do not think it up laboriously, as if you were working out mental arithmetic. Just look at it, touch it, smell it, listen to it, turn yourself into it. When you do this, the words look after themselves, like magic.” 14 likes
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