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Selected Poems 1957-1994

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A New York Times Notable Book for 2002

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Poems from every phase of the career of a great poet

This selection of Ted Hughes's poetry, made by the author himself in 1995, includes poems from every phase of his four-decade career. Here are poems from Hughes's first book, The Hawk in the Rain, and its successor, Lupercal, which introduced him as a major poet; from Wodwo, Crow and Gaudete, book-length poetic sequences in which the natural world is made into a thrilling and terror-filled analogue to our human one; and from six volumes of his maturity, here arranged thematically, in which the poet is at once rural chronicler and form-breaking modern artist. 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.

The British poet, translator, author, and critic Ted Hughes, born in 1930, wrote more than forty books, including, in the last decade of his life, Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being; Tales from Ovid; verse adaptations of Aeschylus's Oresteia, Racine's Phèdre, and Euripedes' Alcestis; and the bestselling Birthday Letters. Hughes served as Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II from 1984 until his death in 1998.

This selection of Hughes's poetry, made by the author himself in 1995, fully spans his brilliant, highly influential four-decade career. Here are poems from Hughes's first book, The Hawk in the Rain, and its successor, Lupercal, which introduced him as a major poet; from Wodwo, Crow, and Gaudete, book-length poetic sequences in which the natural world is made into a thrilling and terror-filled analogue to our human one; and from six volumes of his maturity, here arranged thematically, in which the poet is at once a rural chronicler and a form-breaking modern artist. Selected Poems 1957-1994 also includes previously uncollected pieces and eight poems later incorporated into Hughes's celebrated Birthday Letters, a meditation in verse on his marriage to Sylvia Plath, which became an international bestseller the year after his death.

This selection, made by the poet himself, offers verse from every phase of the four-decade career of a great modernist.

"[Hughes] was a great man and a great poet because of his wholeness and his simplicity and his unfaltering truth to his own sense of the world . . . [His] poems were essentially reminders that we are all part of the same fabric."—Seamus Heaney

"Ted Hughes, who died at 68, was as deserving a poet laureate as England had chosen. From the outset he showed an overwhelming vitality. He wrote or translated or edited some 40 books during his lifetime, books of verse, of translation, of essays, as well as books for children . . . Hughes as a student had taken up anthropology, not literature, and he chose to meditate his way into trancelike states of pre-consciousness before committing poems to paper. His poems, early or late, enter into the relations of living creatures; they move in close to animal consciousness . . . While inhabiting the bodies of creatures, mostly male, Hughes clambers back down the evolutionary chain. He searches deep into the riddles of language, too, those that precede any given tongue, language that reeks of the forest or even the jungle . . . Only in Selected Poems, 1957-1994 does Hughes's imagination disclose a sensitivity that the poet had lacked or been constrained from uttering over all the earlier years: knowledge of the hearts of women. Not only does the final section include a group of eight poems relating to Sylvia Plath that he would include in Birthday Letters; but Selected Poems gives us eight more that evidently plumb the soul of Assia Wevill, the woman who broke the marriage up and later committed suicide in her turn. I find these poems, notably the Assia poems, among the most remarkable work of Hughes's late years, though in their alertness to the processes of self-destruction they are of a piece with the body of his poetry. Auden said of most major poets that their work goes on changing all their lives long, and to my mind Selected Poems, 1957-1994 proves the point. Hughes in his late years articulated more and more about women, about the family and its discontents, about the harrowing and murderous dramas explored in myths like those of Aeschylus, Euripides, Ovid, and Racine."—Peter Davidson, The New York Times Book Review

"Whether he wrote poems about the farm, or wild birds and animals, or birthday masques for Royal occasions, Hughes had the same spontaneity of craft which came from some inner joy in the ceremonial powers of poetry."—John Bayley, The Times Literary Supplement

Contents

Bardo Thodol (The Tibetan Book of the Dead) [1960]

Homer [1961]

Mario de Sa Carneiro [1962/3]

Helder Macedo [1962/3]

Ferenc Juhasz [1965/6]

Yves Bonnefoy [1967]

Paul Eluard [1960s?]

Yehuda Amichai [from 1968]

Seneca [1967/8]

Orghast [1971]

Georges Schehade [1974]

Janos Pilinszky [1975-7]

Marin Sorescu [1987]

Camillo Pennati [1990]

Lorenzo de' Medici [1992/3]

Ovid [1994]

Frank Wedekind [1995]

Aeschylus [1995]  

Federico Garcia Lorca [1996]

Anonymous (The Pearl Poet) [1997]

Abdulah Sidran [1998]

Jean Racine [1998] 

Euripides [1998]

Alexander Pushkin [1999] 

APPENDICES

Ted Hughes on translation

Bardo Thodol

Mario de Sa Carneiro

Helder Macedo 

Ferenc Juhasz 

Yehuda Amichai

Seneca

Janos Pilinszky

Marin Sorescu

Camillo Pennati

Lorenzo de' Medici

Ovid 

Aeschylus

Abdulah Sidran

Alexander Pushkin

Review:

"Whether he wrote poems about the farm, or wild birds and animals, or birthday masques for Royal occasions, Hughes had the same spontaneity of craft which came from some inner joy in the ceremonial powers of poetry." John Bayley, The Times Literary Supplement

Review:

"Hughes has a great spiritual imagination — he is truly a visionary and a modern primitive." Ian Sansom, London Review of Books

Synopsis:

Poems from every phase of the career of a great poet

This selection of Ted Hughes's poetry, made by the author himself in 1995, includes poems from every phase of his four-decade career. Here are poems from Hughes's first book, The Hawk in the Rain, and its successor, Lupercal, which introduced him as a major poet; from Wodwo, Crow and Gaudete, book-length poetic sequences in which the natural world is made into a thrilling and terror-filled analogue to our human one; and from six volumes of his maturity, here arranged thematically, in which the poet is at once rural chronicler and form-breaking modern artist. 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.

About the Author

The masterful British poet and critic Ted Hughes (1930-98) wrote more than forty books, including, in the last decade of his life, Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being; Tales from Ovid; verse adaptations of Aeschylus's Oresteia, Racine's Phedre, and Euripedes' Alcestis; and Birthday Letters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374528645
Author:
Hughes, Ted
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
HUGHES, TED
Location:
New York
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Poetry, modern
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
1083
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Poems from every phase of the career of a great poet

This selection of Ted Hughes's poetry, made by the author himself in 1995, includes poems from every phase of his four-decade career. Here are poems from Hughes's first book, The Hawk in the Rain, and its successor, Lupercal, which introduced him as a major poet; from Wodwo, Crow and Gaudete, book-length poetic sequences in which the natural world is made into a thrilling and terror-filled analogue to our human one; and from six volumes of his maturity, here arranged thematically, in which the poet is at once rural chronicler and form-breaking modern artist. 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.

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