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Ted Hughes - New Selected Poems 1957-1994 [Paperback]

Ted Hughes
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6 Mar 1995
This volume replaced Ted Hughes's Selected Poems 1957-1981. It contains a larger selection from the same period, to which are added poems from more recent books, uncollected poems from each decade of Ted Hughes's writing life, and some new work. Another notable feature is the inclusion of poems from his books for younger readers, What is the Truth? and Season Songs.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; First Edition edition (6 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571173780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571173785
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Yorkshire. His first book, The Hawk in the Rain, was published in 1957 by Faber and Faber and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children. He received the Whitbread Book of the Year for two consecutive years for his last published collections of poetry, Tales from Ovid (1997) and Birthday Letters (1998). He was Poet Laureate from 1984, and in 1998 he was appointed to the Order of Merit.

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Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Yorkshire. His first book, The Hawk in the Rain, was published in 1957 by Faber & Faber and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children. He received the Whitbread Book of the Year for two consecutive years for his last published collections of poetry, Tales from Ovid (1997) and Birthday Letters (1998). He was Poet Laureate from 1984, and in 1998 he was appointed to the Order of Merit.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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There is the consensus that Hughes's early work is the best. There is the consensus that 'Crow', is the pinnacle of his achievement, or even 'Birthday Letters'.
What this volume reveals, is that though Hughes's reputation spent some time out in the cold between the publication of 'Crow' and 'Birthday Letters', he wrote many very fine poems in between those two sales high-points. Take the wonderfully vivid agricultural sketches of 'Moortown Diary', the spare, bony lyrics and elegies of 'Remains of Elmet', the near-Wordsorthian trances and epiphanies of 'River', the tender and gruelling portraites of his war-scarred father in 'Wolfwatching'. A sizeable reputation could have been made by skimming the best of these volumes alone, never mind the more universally lauded stuff. And you get that as well in this volume.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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A balanced and generous selection for the reader new to Hughes who isn't sure where to start. Although his best work is probably still to be found in the years before 1980, this selection at least doesn't pretend that everything after 'Crow' was anticlimactic or second-rate. It also tends to point up the startling inconsistency of Hughes's achievement in the early books (where some of his best poems sit alongside excruciatingly arch trivialities) by comparison with the greater evenness of tone in the later books, in which the poet appears to trade fewer highs for fewer lows. It's also interesting to see the way in which Hughes's attitude to nature changes over time, with the mythic amplifications reaching a peak in 'Crow' before being supplanted by a quieter, more observational tone in later years as the poet's personality imposes itself less roughly on his material.
Be warned: many readers will want the individual volumes after reading this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry to inspire and cherish 21 April 2000
By A Customer
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The sheer depth of thinking behind every placed word unlocks the low murmuring everydayness of thought and allows a flood of light to overwhelm the mind. This is not some God poet speaking in an uncommon tongue, but a rough big man with a talent to disect this life and all that it means, to spread out the beauty and filth for our perusal. This is wholesome and bloody and feral, writing that tramps on the banal, rips the flesh from safety and spurts out fear. This is a book to give yourself up to, to choke on and submit to. Astonishing, pioneering and unforgettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous collection 12 May 2013
By Eliza
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This covers the whole range of Hughes poetry including some of his later poems and some of the ones from his more troubled years as well as early stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good selection of poems 16 Jun 2013
By Rachel
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There's quite a good selection of poems, and it is clear which of the various books of poetry each poem is originally taken from. The only thing lacking is the date of each poem.
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