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Fighting Back Over the Same Ground: Ted Hughes and War

Tim Kendall

in Modern English War Poetry

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199562022
eISBN:
9780191707636
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562022.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explores the war poetry of Ted Hughes. War is the abiding concern of Hughes's poetry. As a teenager beginning to write in the early 1940s, he viewed contemporary conflict through the ... More


Collaboration: Canonical Hybridity, Ted Hughes, and Leonard Baskin

Natalie Pollard

in Poetry, Publishing, and Visual Culture from Late Modernism to the Twenty-first Century: Fugitive Pieces

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198852605
eISBN:
9780191887024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198852605.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines a particular instance of canonical late-twentieth-century poetry that shows close collaboration with the visual arts. It takes as a case study the work of Ted Hughes, who is ... More


Literary Contexts

Luke Ferretter

in Sylvia Plath's Fiction: A Critical Study

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748625093
eISBN:
9780748671694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625093.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines the influences that shaped Plath as a fiction writer. There are five sections, each of which examines one of the major such influences. These are: (1) Virginia Woolf (2) The New ... More


Violent Times: Anti-Movement Poetry in the Mid to Late 1950s

William Wootten

in The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Peter Porter

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381632
eISBN:
9781781384893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381632.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter describes the creation of a poetry group in the 1950s, whose members included Ted Hughes, Philip Hobsbaum, Edward Lucie-Smith, Australian bookseller Peter Porter, and BBC producer George ... More


Birthday Letters

William Wootten

in The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Peter Porter

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381632
eISBN:
9781781384893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381632.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter analyzes Ted Hughes' Birthday Letters. Birthday Letters put a poet, now of the 1990s, in correspondence with his younger self and the younger Plath. The poems comment on, allude to, ... More


Introduction: ‘Original Response’

Michael O'Neill

in The All-Sustaining Air: Romantic Legacies and Renewals in British, American, and Irish Poetry since 1900

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199299287
eISBN:
9780191715099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299287.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This introductory chapter is divided into two parts. The first draws upon an array of 20th-century poetry in support of the argument that Romantic poetry is a persistent presence in subsequent ... More


Violent Times: Anti-Movement Poetry in the Mid to Late 1950s

William Wootten

in The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Peter Porter

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781789627947
eISBN:
9781800851054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789627947.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter describes the creation of a poetry group in the 1950s, whose members included Ted Hughes, Philip Hobsbaum, Edward Lucie-Smith, Australian bookseller Peter Porter, and BBC producer George ... More


Birthday Letters

William Wootten

in The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Peter Porter

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781789627947
eISBN:
9781800851054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789627947.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter analyzes Ted Hughes' Birthday Letters. Birthday Letters put a poet, now of the 1990s, in correspondence with his younger self and the younger Plath. The poems comment on, allude to, ... More


The Laughter of Foxes: A Study of Ted Hughes

Keith Sagar

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310119
eISBN:
9781846313479
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313479
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

A literary figure often overshadowed by his famed wife, Sylvia Plath, and their troubled marriage, Ted Hughes was a brilliant poet in his own right who wrote some of the most important British poetry ... More


From Prospero to Orpheus

in The Laughter of Foxes: A Study of Ted Hughes

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310119
eISBN:
9781846313479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310119.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines Hughes' works and his relationship with Plath. The purpose of all serious poetry is to find a shape and meaning in the chaos of experience. For the whole of his career Hughes ... More


The Mythic Imagination

in The Laughter of Foxes: A Study of Ted Hughes

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310119
eISBN:
9781846313479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310119.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter focuses on the mythic nature of Hughes' imagination. It argues that Hughes' imaginative world was deeply mythic, in the sense of both drawing on the body of myth we have inherited and ... More


The Literary Cold War, 1945 to Vietnam

Adam Piette

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635276
eISBN:
9780748651771
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635276.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book is a study of the psychological and cultural impact of the Cold War on the imaginations of citizens in the UK and US. It examines writers working at the hazy borders between aesthetic ... More


Mercury in Taurus: W. B. Yeats and Ted Hughes

Rand Brandes

in Writing Modern Ireland

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780989082693
eISBN:
9781781382417
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780989082693.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This essay examines W. B. Yeats's influence on Ted Hughes, who shared with the former a profound investment in esoteric realms, and Hughes's appropriation of Yeats. None of Yeats's successors have ... More


Humans and Other Animals

John Holmes

in Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639403
eISBN:
9780748652174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639403.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter focuses on three types of animal that have played particular symbolic roles in poetry since Charles Darwin. In birds of prey, Robinson Jeffers, Ted Hughes, Richard Eberhart and others ... More


From World of Blood to World of Light

in The Laughter of Foxes: A Study of Ted Hughes

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310119
eISBN:
9781846313479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310119.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter analyzes Hughes' literary journey starting from the first lines of the first poem in his first book, The Hawk in the Rain to the last lines of his last poem in his 1982 Selected Poems. ... More


Woolf, Diamond, and the Difficulty of Reality

Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé

in A Different Order of Difficulty: Literature after Wittgenstein

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226677019
eISBN:
9780226677293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226677293.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter attends to modernism’s obsession with the question of life’s meaning that shows forth in Woolf’s writing in the expressions of a longing for out-of-reach answers to the perennial ... More


Poetry, Publishing, and Visual Culture from Late Modernism to the Twenty-first Century: Fugitive Pieces

Natalie Pollard

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198852605
eISBN:
9780191887024
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198852605.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This book examines why it is important to appreciate cultural artefacts such as poems, sculptures, and buildings not as static, perfected objects, but as meshworks of entangled, mutable, and ... More


Last Letters: Keats, Bishop and Hughes

Jonathan Ellis

in Letter Writing Among Poets: From William Wordsworth to Elizabeth Bishop

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748681327
eISBN:
9781474422239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681327.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter looks at the discourse of last letters in the writing of poets such as John Keats, Elizabeth Bishop and Ted Hughes. In particular, it scrutinises the close relationship of the ‘last ... More


‘I am that same wall; the truth is so’: Performing a Tale from Ovid

Marchella Ward

in Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198804215
eISBN:
9780191842412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804215.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

That Ovid’s long hexameter poem, the Metamorphoses, defies the boundaries of genre has become axiomatic in classical scholarship and the genre of the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe, in particular, is ... More


The Evolution of ‘The Dove Came’

in The Laughter of Foxes: A Study of Ted Hughes

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310119
eISBN:
9781846313479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310119.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter analyzes the poem, ‘The Dove Came’. It considers the various sources upon which Hughes draws upon as he writes the poem. Hughes struggles to let the dove force herself through all the ... More


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