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Poetry in the Making: An Anthology

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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 really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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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Russio
Dec 10, 2015 Russio rated it liked it
This is an odd book from an odd time and Ted Hughes comes across in it as both a revolutionary, freeing up language by giving his student-readers permission to use it, and a traditionalist, in talking about "bad poetry" as an arbritary matter.

In nine chapters he tends to espouse a view of how poetry should be written (or novels). Often there is some quite useful guidance here. He then exemplifies with poems that back up his view (sometimes perfectly, sometimes more obliquely, occasionally "at a
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Emily
Nov 12, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Well, that was 90% absolute brilliance. My love for Ted Hughes is unending. He captures the essence of poetry so well, and gives some great practical suggestions for poetry exercises. He also interweaves examples of other poet's works, as well as his own, which exposed me to some wonderful new authors, notably Vasco Popa. On the whole a fantastic book. (Unfortunately there was also the other 10%, which stops me from giving five stars: first the chapter Meet My Folks, which was juvenile, and then ...more
Andy
Oct 27, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it
This is a terrific little book - I completely recommend it to any jaded creative soul as a tool for regaining your childlike mojo. I wish I had read this when I was a kid.
Lauma Lapa
Nov 26, 2014 Lauma Lapa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-poetry
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.
Banbury
May 18, 2016 Banbury rated it it was ok
Meh. Perhaps it is a good manual for teaching poetry to children; however, few of the poems are inspiring or compelling.
Mark
Apr 14, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doesn't over-intellectualise - just inspires and demystifies.
Kevin
Oct 21, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it
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
Jul 22, 2013 Sherry Chandler rated it really liked it
Shelves: thepoets, the-critics
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
Dec 09, 2013 Aitchemm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful insight into the creative process. I would like to have read a bit more though.
Chris S
Dec 07, 2009 Chris S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ref
Classic poetry teaching material.
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Jan 20, 2008 Mikael rated it really liked it
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.” 20 likes
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