Selected Poems 1957-1994

ISBN-10: 0374528640
ISBN-13: 9780374528645
Edition: 2002
Authors: Ted Hughes
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/9/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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 into a thrilling and terror-filled analogue to our human one; and from six volumes of his maturity, here arranged thematically, in which the poet is at once rural chronicler and form-breaking modern artist. The volume also includes previously uncollected poems and eight poems later incorporated into Birthday Letters, Hughes's meditation in verse on his marriage to Sylvia Plath, which became an international bestseller the year after his death.

Ted Hughes was born on August 17, 1930 in England and attended Cambridge University, where he became interested in anthropology and folklore. These interests would have a profound effect on his poetry. In 1956, Hughes married famed poet Sylvia Plath. He taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1957 until 1959, and he stopped writing altogether for several years after Plath's suicide in 1963. Hughes's poetry is highly marked by harsh and savage language and depictions, emphasizing the animal quality of life. He soon developed a creature called Crow who appeared in several volumes of poetry including A Crow Hymn and Crow Wakes. A creature of mythic proportions, Crow symbolizes the victim, the outcast, and a witness to life and destruction. Hughes's other works also created controversy because of their style, manner, and matter, but he has won numerous honors, including the Somerset Maugham Award in 1960, and the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 1974. His greatest honor came in 1984, when he was named Poet Laureate of England. Ted Hughes died in 1998.

The Thought-Fox
Song
The Jaguar
Famous Poet
Soliloquy
The Horses
Fallgrief's Girlfriends
Egg-Head
Vampire
The Man Seeking Experience Enquires His Way of a Drop of Water
Meeting
Wind
October Dawn
The Casualty
Bayonet Charge
Six Young Men
The Martyrdom of Bishop Farrar
Song from Bawdry Embraced
Mayday on Holderness
February
Crow Hill
A Woman Unconscious
Strawberry Hill
Fourth of July
Esther's Tomcat
Wilfred Owen's Photographs
Relic
Hawk Roosting
Fire-Eater
To Paint a Water Lily
The Bull Moses
Cat and Mouse
View of a Pig
The Retired Colonel
November
An Otter
Witches
Thrushes
Snowdrop
Pike
Sunstroke
Cleopatra to the Asp
Stealing Trout on a May Morning
Water
Memory
Tutorial
Trees
The Lake
A Match
Small Events
Crow Wakes
Thistles
Still Life
Her Husband
Cadenza
Ghost Crabs
Public Bar TV
Kafka
Second Glance at a Jaguar
Fern
Stations
The Green Wolf
The Bear
A Haunting
The Mascot
Wit's End
Two Minutes' Silence
The Red Carpet
Theology
Gog
Kreutzer Sonata
The Dream Time
'The dead man in his cave beginning to sweat'
Remembrance Day
New Moon in January
The Warriors of the North
The Rat's Dance
The Rat's Vision
The Rat's Flight
Heptonstall
Skylarks
Pibroch
The Howling of Wolves
Gnat-Psalm
Full Moon and Little Frieda
Wodwo
Two Legends
Lineage
Examination at the Womb-Door
A Childish Prank
Crow's First Lesson
That Moment
Crow Tyrannosaurus
The Black Beast
Crow's Account of the Battle
Crow's Fall
Crow and the Birds
Crow on the Beach
The Contender
Crow's Vanity
A Horrible Religious Error
In Laughter
Robin Song
Conjuring in Heaven
Owl's Song
Crow's Elephant Totem Song
Dawn's Rose
The Smile
Crow's Battle Fury
Crow Blacker than Ever
Revenge Fable
Bedtime Anecdote
Apple Tragedy
Crow's Last Stand
Fragment of an Ancient Tablet
Lovesong
Notes for a Little Play
The Lovepet
How Water Began to Paly
Littleblood
The Scream
The Executioner
The Knight
A Flayed Crow in the Hall of Judgement
Leaf Mould
Moors
Chinese History of Colden Water
Rhododendrons
Sunstruck
Curlews
For Billy Holt
When Men Got to the Summit
The Canal's Drowning Black
Cock-Crows
Mount Zion
The Long Tunnel Ceiling
Tree
Heptonstall Old Church
Widdop
Emily Bronte
Rain
Dehorning
Bringing in New Couples
Tractor
Roe-Deer
Sketching a Thatcher
Ravens
February 17th
Birth of Rainbow
Coming Down Through Somerset
The Day He Died
A Memory
Earth-Numb
A Motorbike
Deaf School
Life is Trying to be Life
Speech out of Shadow
from Seven Dungeon Songs
Tiger-Psalm
In the M5 Restaurant
That Star
Poets
Grosse Fuge
Children
Prospero and Sycorax
The Stone
TV Off
A God
Remembering Teheran
Bones
Do not Pick up the Telephone
Reckless Head
from Prometheus On His Crag
A Violet at Lough Aughresberg
Two Tortoiseshell Butterflies
Where I Sit Writing My Letter
Tern
The Honey Bee
Sunstruck Foxglove
Eclipse
In the Likeness of a Grasshopper
New Foal
The Hen
The Hare
The River
Milesian Encounter on the Sligachan
Low Water
Japanese River Tales
Ophelia
Strangers
The Gulkana
Go Fishing
Salmon Eggs
A Cormorant
An Eel
Performance
Night Arrival of Sea-Trout
October Salmon
That Morning
The Fool's Evil Dream
Nearly Awake
Tell
Dust As We Are
Telegraph Wires
Sacrifice
For the Duration
Under High Wood
The Atlantic
Little Whale Song
Sitting Bull on Christmas Morning
Nightvoice
The Ghost Dancer
Rain-Charm for the Duchy
Old Oats
The Last of the 1st/5th Lancashire Fusiliers
Anniversary
Chaucer
You Hated Spain
The Earthenware Head
The Tender Place
Black Coat
Being Christlike
The God
The Dogs Are Eating Your Mother
The Other
The Locket
Shibboleth
Snow
Folktale
Opus 131
Descent
The Error
Lines about Elias
A Dove
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines

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