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Elmet: with photographs by Fay Godwin by Ted Hughes
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark, 20 May 2001
An absolutely undervalued gem. Fay Godwin's photo's and Ted Hughes's poems are a wonderful marriage. Equally, the poems in this book comprise one of the most focussed and coherant books Hughes has written since the 1960s. Spare, bony, lyrical. There's something haiku about them; something mosestly Shakesperean. Drive up to Hebdon Bridge in West Yorkshire, climb up to Heptonstall village, and read Heptonstall Old Church to yourself and feel yourself sinking deeper into history, into the cracks in the black stone.
Ted Hughes - New Selected Poems 1957-1994 by Ted Hughes
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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… Read more