The Poetry of Ted Hughes. A reader's guide to essential criticism, by Sandy Byrne, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

The Poetry of Ted Hughes. A reader's guide to essential criticism, by Sandy Byrne, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

The Poetry of Ted Hughes. A reader's guide to essential criticism.

Author: Byrne, Sandy
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

The Poetry of Ted Hughes. A reader's guide to essential criticism , Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, attempts to provide an overview over the critical landscape.



Hughes's Life
Overview of trends in criticism of Hughes's work, from early reviews to full-length studies to posthumous tributes. Polarised views of Hughes and his work.


Early Work
Early reviews of The Hawk in the Rain and Lupercal by Graham Hough, A.E. Dyson, Edwin Muir, J.M. Newton, Alan Brownjohn, Calvin Bedient, Robin Skelton and J.D. Hainsworth. Hughes's inclusion in anthologies. A. Alvarez and The New Poetry. Reception from the later 1960s, M.L. Rosenthal, Geoffrey Thurley. Hughes and The Movement. Reflec­tions on Hughes's early reception and lines of influence by Anthony Easthope, Ian Hamilton, Sean O'Brien and Keith Sagar. Comparison of close readings of 'Pike' by Paul Bentley, Anthony Easthope and Leonard M. Scigaj. Lacanian analysis by Adolphe Haberer. Analysis of 'Skylarks' by Neil Roberts and Terry Gifford.


Nature Poetry
Analyses of Hughes's animal and landscape poems in The Hawk in the Rain, Lupercal, Gaudete and Wodwo. The symbolic representationof animals; Hughes and Jung; Hughes and shamanism; Hughes and Robert Graves; Hughes and the Goddess; and Hughes and dialect. Criticism by Rand Brandes, Terry Eagleton, Ekbert Faas, Nick Gam- mage, Terry Gifford and Neil Roberts, Seamus Heaney, Blake Morri­son, Craig Robinson, Keith Sagar, Annie Schofield, Michael Sweeting, Daniel Weissbort and Thomas West. Close readings of 'The Thought- Fox', 'Thistles' and 'Fern' by Seamus Heaney, and Blake Morrison on 'Wodwo'.


The Sequences
The reception of works of Hughes's mid-career; focus on Hughes's poem sequences; the influence of Eastern European poets; Hughes and myth; and Hughes and Heidegger. Analyses of Crow, Cave Birds, Remains of Elmet and Moortown and Hughes's Orghast, by Graham Bradshaw, Neil Corcoran, Terry Eagleton, Roy Fuller, Terry Gifford and Neil Roberts, Kevin Hart, David Holbrook, Joanny Moulin, J.M. Newton, Craig Robinson, Leonard M. Scigaj and Keith Sagar.


Hughes and Plath
The collaboration between and mutual influence of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath; perceived differences between British and American readings of the work of Hughes and Plath. Analyses by A. Alvarez, Carol Bere, Heather Clark, Margaret Dickie Uroff, Susan Van Dyne, Ekbert Faas, James Fenton, Ian Hamilton, David Holbrook, Janet Malcolm, Diane Wood Middlebrook, Marjorie Perloff, Ian Sansom, Anne Stevenson, Gayle Wurst and Erica Wagner.


Later Work
The reception of Ted Hughes's Poet Laureate poems and the col­lections of the 1980s and 1990s: Season Songs, River; Tales from Ovid and Birthday Letters, as well as the less well-known Howls and Whispers and Capriccios. Criticism of these works by Paul Bentley, Melvyn Bragg, Neil Corcoran, Jo Gill, John Lucas, Neil Roberts, Sean O'Brien, Tom Paulin, M.G. Ramanan, Anne Skea, Jon Stallworthy, Elizabeth A. Stansell and Marina Warner.


Overviews of Hughes's Achievement
Late and posthumous assessments of Hughes's poetic career, includ­ing obituaries, newspaper articles, tributes to Ted Hughes and his achievement and assessments of Hughes's lasting significance, by, among others, Simon Armitage, Douglas Dunn, Terry Gifford, Seamus Heaney, John Kinsella, Sarah Maguire, Andrew Motion, Jeffrey Meyers, Don Paterson, John Redmond and Alan Sillitoe, Keith Sagar, Anthony Thwaite and Boyd Tonkin.