Selected Poems 1957-1994

Selected Poems 1957-1994

by Ted Hughes

The volume also includes previously uncollected poems and eight poems later incorporated into Birthday Letters, Hughes's meditation in verse on his marriage to Sylvia Plath, which became an international bestseller the year after his death.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Poetry
  • Rating: 4.04
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: October 9th 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Isbn10: 0374528640
  • Isbn13: 9780374528645

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While Heaney was dogged by his Catholic roots, Hughes practiced a less internally conflicted and more primitive form of religion, as exemplified by his soaring lyric "The Risen." Scarred by the suicides of his famous wife Sylvia Plath and his less famous but equally literary lover Assia Wevill, Hughes exhibited an ambiguous attitude toward eros. This ambiguity is displayed most strikingly in "Lovesong" and "The Lovepet" (two poems from Hughes's groundbreaking 1970 collection Crow) and "Bride and Groom Lie Hidden for Three Days" (a poem from Cave Birds). I think that, aside from being Plath's husband, Hughes will primarily be remembered for his poems about nature and about war vets.

So I started this collection of poetry by Hughes at least six months ago. In addition, I admittedly feel like there is some aspects of poetry that I don't understand. Despite all this, I think that this collection proves that no matter what kind of reader of poetry you are, the strength of Hughes is undeniable. However, the greatest aspect of this is that Hughes is not an urban poet-in that his poetry often takes place out in the country, in nature, in small towns and the creaking bedrooms of thatch houses and decaying wood.

Como casi todo hijo de vecino, llegué a Ted Hughes de la mano de su primera esposa, Sylvia Plath.

Sometimes, though, I didn't like the fact that you had to really dig deep to find meaning in some of these poems.

Hughes stopped writing poetry almost completely for nearly three years following Plath's suicide in 1963 (the couple had separated earlier), but thereafter he published prolifically, often in collaboration with photographers and illustrators, as in Under the North Star (1981). After decades of silence on the subject of his marriage to Plath, Hughes addressed it in the poems of Birthday Letters (1998).