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Collected Poems

ISBN-10: 0374529655
ISBN-13: 9780374529659
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Description: All the poems of a great 20th-century poet. From 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 7/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1376
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 2.574
Language: English

All the poems of a great 20th-century poet. From 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.

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.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Early Poems and Juvenilia (1946-57)
The Hawk in the Rain (1957)
Uncollected (1957-59)
Lupercal (1960)
Uncollected (1960-67)
From Recklings (1966)
From Wodwo (1967)
Uncollected (1967-70)
[Crow]
Four Crow Poems (1970)
A Few Crows (1970)
From Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow (1970)
From Crow Wakes (1971)
From Poems. Ruth Fainlight, Ted Hughes, Alan Sillitoe
Uncollected (1971-73)
Prometheus on His Crag (1973)
Uncollected (1974-75)
Season Songs (1976)
Uncollected (1976-77)
From Gaudete (1977)
Uncollected (1977-78)
From Orts (1978)
Cave Birds (1978)
Adam and the Sacred Nine (1979)
Remains of Elmet (1979)
Uncollected (1979)
Moortown Diary (1979)
2 From Earth-Numb (1979)
Uncollected (1980-81)
From a Primer of Birds (1981)
Uncollected (1981-83)
From River (1983)
Uncollected (1983-86)
From Flowers and Insects (1986)
Uncollected (1987-89)
From Wolfwatching (1989)
Capriccio (1990)
Rain-Charm for the Duchy (1992)
Uncollected (1992-97)
Tales from Ovid (1997)
Birthday Letters (1998)
Howls & Whispers (1998)
Uncollected (1997-98)
Notes and Prefaces by Ted Hughes
Variant Titles
Variant Lists of Contents
Notes
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines

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