Selected Poems, 1957-1981
Poems from every phase of the career of a great poet
This selection of Ted Hughes's poetry, made by the author himself in 1995, includes poems from every phase of his four-decade career. Here are poems from Hughes's first book, The Hawk in the Rain, and its successor, Lupercal, which introduced him as a major poet; from Wodwo, Crow and Gaudete, book-length poetic sequences in which the natural world is made...more
Hughes is one of those rare white modern poets that make my reading voice feel inadequate. Carl Sandburg is another ...more
His range is remarkable: from brief and brutal studies of nature or roughspun quotidian mementos to song sequences and Trickster myths. So many of his poems re-enchant the elements and fabric of the world: the soil, the waters of pond, river and squalling sea, the beating air and all the fearsome or fearful creatures that make their way in these microcosms.
At their best, his poems are visceral and plangent, bristling with verbal and aural hooks to catch the mind on. ...more
The selected poems are largely free verse. However, particularly among his early works there are many examples of rhymed and near-rhymed verse. As would be expected of a collection of selections ...more
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 ...more