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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of Hughes' canon for the first time, offering a broad selection from his numerous translations, together with hitherto unpublished material (versions of Paul Eluard, or of Yves Bonnefoy), and excerpts from essays and letters.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
Jun 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, classics
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
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Caroline
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
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