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4.0 out of 5 stars the book that killed its creator, 30 May 2000
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Mr. A. A. Smith "willarkin" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being (Hardcover)
Ted Hughes told Andrew Motion, not long before he died, that writing this book had shortened his life - all that prose was killing him. It's certainly hefty, dense, and the unwieldy central premise - that Shakespeare developed certain mythical themes and variations throughout the canon - owes more to Hughes' imagination than Shakespeare's. This is why it was criticised on release, criticism which hurt Hughes. But taken on its own eccentric terms, its a hell of a book, shot through with great insights into the plays and the personality behind them. Hughes on Shakespeare's poetry is worth the price alone. Give it a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, if challenging., 27 Nov 2008
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Duncan Mason "ash" (Currently in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) - See all my reviews
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Ted's book might best be compared to Robert Graves' book The White Goddess in terms of its scope and intent; although I am sure Ted might take exception to the analogy. It is a rich book filled with what I would call poetic as well as literary insights (like Graves' work). The section where Hughes breaks down Shakespeare's language showing how within each contrasting set of phrases he was communicating both to the rabble on the floor and the intellectuals in the gods is stunning. A worthwhile read for anyone who loves to spend time at the juncture between myth, literature and poetry. Ted has achieved something remarkable.
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Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being by Ted Hughes (Hardcover - 13 April 1992)
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