Paul Bentley: The Poetry of Ted Hughes. Language, Illusion & Beyond

Paul Bentley: The Poetry of Ted Hughes. Language, Illusion & Beyond

The Poetry of Ted Hughes. Language, Illusion & Beyond

Author: Bentley, Paul

Published by Longman, 1998

Paul Bentley aims at exploring an aspect that the "wealth of criticism [...] has overlooked" or that it "has not gone far enough in trying to account for": "how the poet's language works, what makes the poems tick as poems, over and above what they appear to be saying". He structures his book as follows:

Introduction

  • Hughes and the Movement
  • The East European Influence
  • Hughes and Myth
  • Hughes and Shamanism


1. Early Hughes

  • 'Archaic Energies'
  • Language, Narcissism and Emptiness
  • 'A Utility General-purpose Style'
  • The Influence of Sylvia Plath
  • Hughes and Romanticism
  • Language and Mysticism


2. Crow

  • Carnival and Trickster
  • The 'Dialogic' Word
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • Depression: A Style


3. Gaudete

  • 'Some Kind of Tunnel'
  • Lens and Landscape
  • The Use of Stereotypes
  • The Double
  • Language and the Double
  • 'Adventure Time' in Gaudete
  • The Double's Defeat
  • The Language of Gaudete
  • The Grotesque in Gaudete
  • The Epilogue Poems and the 'Future Anterior'


4. Cave Birds

  • A Transformation Mystery
  • Lacan and Jung
  • The Semiotic and the Symbolic
  • The Hermetic Vessel as Semiotic Chora
  • The Shamanic Event
  • The Discourse of Depression
  • The Problem of the Feminine


5. Later Hughes

  • The Real as Obstacle
  • The Real as Trauma
  • The Photograph as Real
  • An 'Internally Persuasive Discourse'
  • The Imaginary-Real  


6. Hughes as Laureate