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Selected Poems 1957-1994

Selected Poems 1957-1994
Author: Ted Hughes
ISBN 13: 9780374528645
ISBN 10: 374528640
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 2002-10-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 333
List Price: $17.00

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 Times Literary Supplement - John Bayley

. . . Hughes had the same spontaneity of craft which came from some inner joy in the ceremonial powers of poetry.