Collected Poems of Ted Hughes Hardcover – 16 Oct 2003
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"'This is a volume of quite astonishing authority - not just mastery, beauty and power, but sheer canonic authority' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Ted Hughes's Collected Poems is the definitive collection of one of the most important bodies of work in twentieth-century poetry.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
If you're like me, it's the poems concerned with landscapes, the elements and the animal kingdom that really thrill you. From the exquisite sunrise in "The Horses":
Slowly detail leafed from the darkness. Then the sun
Orange, red, red erupted
Silently, and splitting to its core tore and flung cloud,
Shook the gulf open, showed blue,
And the big planets hanging -
to the power of the "Wind":
The wind flung a magpie away and a black-
Back gull bent like an iron bar slowly...
Reading Hughes work is literally hair-raising, and barely a poem goes by that you don't find a line that touches you on an inner level and brings goosebumps out in force.
But to suggest that there is nothing more to Hughes, would be to do the sweeping range of his poetry a disservice and this book, as no other volume can, comprises the genuine depth and scope of his work. From antiquity and history to shamanism and the supernatural, his poetry revels in the human and the animal, in the material and the spiritual.
For any serious reader of Hughes' work, this book represents the whole gamut and should be a must-own tome for your shelves. A book not so much to be dipped into, as to be immersed in for hours.
At Ted Hughes' funeral, the great Seamus Heaney mourned: "By his death, the veil of poetry is rent and the walls of learning broken." Yet through this book, through these words freshly read, the dynamic voice of Hughes endures.
Thankfully, the editor has allowed the poems to speak for themselves. With poetry such as this, there's very little a drawn-out Introduction or Preface can do. And it's all here. Every Crow, every Pike and every Plath. The 'Uncollected' sections are fantastically engaging, as are the early, juvenile poems. And if you're new to Hughes, why not just buy this volume. It's all here, and you won't regret it.
He was a tough northener of my time and I recognise his stories, his poems - TWO HORSES for instance yet he was happy to live and write about the black towns of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His work was like his life, full of energy, love and affection for those in trouble. A Poet Laureat of very great distinction and a deserved recipient of the Order of Merit.
As one famous intellect once said (i forget his name) a 'real' poem gets better and better with each read.........this is certainly a book that you can go back to, a true timeless classic.
nonetheless, their glorification of the macho and notion of an endlessly cruel nature raises all sorts of ethical issues.
I admire this poetry immensely but I don't like it.
When I have completed the reading i may well do an update.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A stunning collection of verse in a beautiful and well-organised edition.Published 1 month ago by MR LINKS
A hefty, comprehensive collection of all Hughes' poetry, too heavy to read easily in bed!
I need some time to read & appreciate this book.
Excellent! One of my favorite poets. The imagery he pens is lucid, intense and sometimes disturbing, but always magical. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Canaan
I am not sure where to begin ....I cldnt possibly describe this . If you have a soul , and you feel and bleed and weep and beauty shines to you from the beyond , then buy it .Published 13 months ago by Trey Blake
Simply wonderful. A mine of joy, thoughtfulness, concern and care. I will treasure my copy, real food for the inner self.Published 17 months ago by David R Mitchell
A great anthology of one of my favourite poets with the added value of all eleven poems from Howls and Whispers - evocative and beautifulPublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer