Collected Poems

Collected Poems All the poems of a great th century poetFrom the astonishing debut Hawk in the Rain to Birthday Letters Ted Hughes was one of postwar literature s truly prodigious poets This remarkable

  • Title: Collected Poems
  • Author: Ted Hughes Paul Keegan
  • ISBN: 9780374125387
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Hardcover
  • All the poems of a great 20th century poetFrom the astonishing debut Hawk in the Rain 1957 to Birthday Letters 1998 , Ted Hughes was one of postwar literature s truly prodigious poets This remarkable volume gathers all of his work, from his earliest poems published only in journals through the ground breaking volumes Crow 1970 , Gaudete 1977 , and Tales from Ovid 1All the poems of a great 20th century poetFrom the astonishing debut Hawk in the Rain 1957 to Birthday Letters 1998 , Ted Hughes was one of postwar literature s truly prodigious poets This remarkable volume gathers all of his work, from his earliest poems published only in journals through the ground breaking volumes Crow 1970 , Gaudete 1977 , and Tales from Ovid 1997 It includes poems Hughes composed for fine press printers, poems he wrote as England s Poet Laureate, and those children s poems that he meant for adults as well This omnium gatherum of Hughes s work is animated throughout by a voice that, as Seamus Heaney remarked, was simply longer and deeper and rougher than those of his contemporaries.

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    1. Ted Hughes is probably the greatest British post-WWII poet and possibly the best of the 20th Century. He would have been significant if he had only ever produced his debut collection, The Hawk in the Rain, in which he rescued nature observation from the Romantics, bringing a post-Darwinian sensibility to foxes, horses, hawks, jaguars and more. Subsequent collections continued this theme with robust, sometimes brutal language deployed to acheive his aims. The a-moral savagery of the Hawk Roosting [...]

    2. I rate this as one of my best buys of 2008. For your money (£17.99 for the paperback) you get an absolutely enormous tome of work. Even though I have read most of TH's poetry in the individual volumes, I feel that I never fully appreciated them until I read them again in this book often revisited certain events in his poetry, usually after many years, expanding on themes and emotions. As this collection is so wonderfully edited (Faber) it is easy to link up poems on the same subject but written [...]

    3. wow wow I am smitten and awestruck. A dear friend was reading some of the poems early saturday afternoon as I lay on his bed watching the lightThis one. Tractor The tractor stands frozen an agonyTo think of. All nightSnow packed its open entrails. Now a head-pincering gale,A spill of molten ice, smoking snow,Pours into its steel.At white heat of numbness it standsIn the aimed hosing of ground-level fieriness. It defied flesh and won't start.Hands are like wounds alreadyInside armour gloves, and [...]

    4. I'm astonished every time I settle down with this book. Hughes is my favorite English postwar poet (well, unless you count Thom Gunn). For a couple decades I was prejudiced against him because I read The Savage God at an impressionable age. Then one afternoon I picked up a slim volume of his selected poetry in a Vancouver bookstore. I read his Crow poems; I was transfixed right there in the aisle of Chapters, blocking polite Canadians from browsing. I was floored.Crow's First LessonGod tried to [...]

    5. This is a very valuable book. It not only contains the uncollected work of the poet laureate, but includes poems out of Howls and Whispers of which only a limited number of copies were printed by the Gehenna Press. As widower of Sylvia Plath and Assia Wevill (who both committed suicide), Hughes is able to express anger about what happened but also beauty when he finds himself in nature. Who else would come up with this picturesque phrase for butterflies: “Wings wide open to tight-closed to fla [...]

    6. Ted Hughes, author of The Iron Man (later to changed to “The Iron Giant”), has easily become one of my favorite poets of all time. He takes such a close, hard look at life, and speaks so very honestly and bravely. He does exactly what a poet ought to be doing: speaking passionately, imaginatively, complexly, uniquely, and relatably about life. He doesn’t relish being misunderstood and passed over by the masses, as some poets do. I can keep up with much of it, but not so easily that I get b [...]

    7. The third part of the poem Out by Ted Hughes, Remembrance DayThe context of this poem is 11th November, Remembrance Day, the day the armistice of the First World War was made in 1918. Ted Hughes’s father and many other Yorkshire men fought in the war taking part in the Gallipoli battle, being one of the few survivors of it. The poem has three separate parts and it is written in 1967, but Hughes has told that when he started to write poetry after 1945, he wrote a great deal about his father’s [...]

    8. Great UK poetry of postwar 20th Century. It does feel like it too in my view. This is a great edition containing Hughes' early poetry, letters, et. Amazing collection of poetry. I am often amazed at Hughes' capacity to weaving together intertwined complexities to deliver beautiful poetry. The hardships of the author, writing at unforgiving hours, The fish and the pike, the moon and his tale of love and so much more. Worth a read for those of us who haven't yet read him. Outstanding author.

    9. Alas, I've abandoned this one Enjoyed 'Hawk in the Rain' but got my hoof stuck in the cattle-grid of 'Crow' and didn't make it to the undoubtedly rich pastures that lie beyond. Maybe I'll come back this way one day yet, when I have more time.

    10. Farrar, Straus and Giroux immediately followed Robert Lowell’s COLLECTED POEMS with a similarly magisterial edition of Hughes's work. Poetry purists may grumble that the timing of the Hughes volume, which coincides with that of the movie SYLVIA, betrays a crass commercialism. It’s important to note, however, that apart from Philip Larkin, Hughes is the most famous poet to emerge from post-war England, and Hughes’ collected work, while sui generis, was in the company of some of that’s bes [...]

    11. I was hoping to love Ted Hughes, as I'd heard about his preoccupation with animals and myth, two poetic interests that I share. Also, I've fallen in love with Sylvia Plath this summer, which further piqued my interest in him. After spending some time with his Collected, I think I like his poetry, but am not in love with it. The books "Crow," "Season Songs," "Moortown Diary," and "Birthday Letters" stood out to me the most. Another reason I thought Ted Hughes would be up my alley is because I kno [...]

    12. This is a daunting 1400 page book of which 1195 pages are poetry. It's a long read, and should be. It's too good to be rushed through. The one thing it doesn't have enough of would be, at least, a short biography of Hughes. It gives very little information along those lines, but it does give a rather good preliminary of the poetic history of Hughes's work.Hughes plays with different forms in his writing. Some of his poems are short lines offering phrases, not whole thoughts but pieces of thought [...]

    13. THE THOUGHT-FOXI imagine this midnight moment’s forest: Something else is alive Beside the clock’s loneliness And this blank page where my fingers move. Through the window I see no star: Something more nearThough deeper within darkness Is entering the loneliness: Cold, delicately as the dark snow, A fox’s nose touches twig, leaf; Two eyes serve a movement, that nowAnd again now, and now, and now Sets neat prints into the snow Between trees, and warily a lame Shadow lags by stump and in hol [...]

    14. DNF-ed this one. I think the sheer size of this book and the amount of information it held intimidated me and made it difficult for me to read. Also, though Hughes is obviously a very talented writer his style wasn't really grabbing me. I loved "The Thought Fox" and "Horses". I thought the images and language in these poems were absolutely beautiful. But his other poems left me feeling underwhelmed or just plain uncomfortable. And even with the few poems that I read I was quickly introduced to h [...]

    15. EnduringSomething in you that was not meant to die:A voice we never knew we hadUttering out of the bowels of earthIts taut, Yorkshire vowels,Its own sturdy music.Uncompromising in your ambivalencesHalf nihilist, half priest,Carrying nature’s indifference like a crucifix;Surviving the hell of your passionsAnd leaving us words so charged, So lovingly held:Like sacraments through which we access Ancient futuresis was my elegy for TH after his death

    16. One day, I'm going to read Hughes' Collected Poems alongside Plath's. The section of most interest to me was "Birthday Letters". I found it the most accessible to start with, and steadily worked through it. Some of those are a punch in the gut! I like the one about when Sylvia had a fever and kept complaining that she was going to die, and the poem says something about if she keeps crying wolf, he won't know when things are really bad.

    17. I received this book as a first read. Hughes wasn't the poet that Plath or other contemporaries were but still wrote some decent stuff. The early poetry was more stream of consciousness style. I enjoyed the later poetry which was more of the storytelling variety. The appendix with notes on the poems was highly informative and added a lot of context. A nice collection to own or gift.

    18. A great collection of his poems - disturbingly dark, full of pieces that show a fascination with death, nature, and the harshness of the natural world. A pity Daniel Craig didn't really do him justice in 'Sylvia'

    19. although i don't really love everything that ted hughes wrote, the things that strike me are like rip tides. his metamorphosis is stark, chilling, erotic. i like hughes best when he is relating a strong emotion rather than a strong description.

    20. Excellent collection of one of the most important (and often overlooked) English poets of the 20th century.

    21. I need to come back to this when I'm more patient/willing to read about, in explicit detail, farm animals giving birth.

    22. don't listen to those who tell you Plath was better. Hughes was the ultimate poet of the duo, and of his time. OK, he had a harsh personality, but we're supposed to judge the work, not the person.

    23. This poetic oeuvre of Ted Hughes invites the critics, the scholars and the students of literature to the rich field of poetic genius where the poet has excelled the verbal boundaries.

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