Ted Hughes: Collected Poems

Ted Hughes: Collected Poems (hardback)

Ted Hughes: Collected Poems

Ted Hughes: Collected Poems (paperback)

Collected Poems

Author: Hughes, Ted; edited by Paul Keegan

Published by Faber & Faber, 2003, paperback ed. 2009

This "interim" publication aims at collecting all of Hughes's published poems for adults, though nevertheless it collects several children's poems. The book offers an astounding scope of previously hard-to-find material. It comes with extensive notes, listing, among other things, variants and details.

Nevertheless, a few poems are missing: "Crow Compromises" (1968), "Crow Fails" (1968), "The Advocate", "Two Dreams in the Cell", "Your Mother's Bones Wanted to Speak", "She is the Rock", all of which are collected in The Achievement of Ted Hughes, and "Football" (limited edition, 1995) as well as "Selling Cows at Bridgetown Farm, Iddesleigh" (This is Our Land ..., 1989).

Review by Claas Kazzer.

Review by Keith Sagar.

See also: The Achievement of Ted Hughes.

Contents:

Note: I have included some comments in […], for exampe, delineating the close relationship between some of the poems and sequences. Titles in '…' are first lines of otherwise untitled poems or first lines to differentiate the poem from another one of the same title. — C. K.

EARLY POEMS AND JUVENILIA (1946—57)

  • Wild West
  • Too Bad for Hell
  • The Recluse
  • Initiation
  • Here in the Green and Glimmering Gloom
  • Pastoral Symphony No. I
  • The Little Boys and the Seasons
  • The Court-Tumbler and Satirist
  • Song of the Sorry Lovers
  • The Woman With Such High Heels She Looked Dangerous
  • Poem ('In clear Spring's high ice-breaking heaven')
  • Scene Without An Act
  • Bawdry Embraced
  • The Drowned Woman

 

THE HAWK IN THE RAIN (1957)

  • The Hawk in the Rain
  • The Jaguar
  • Macaw and Little Miss
  • The Thought-Fox
  • The Horses [also in Elmet]
  • Famous Poet
  • Song
  • Parlour-Piece
  • Secretary
  • Soliloquy
  • The Dove-Breeder
  • Billet-Doux
  • A Modest Proposal
  • Incompatibilities
  • September
  • Fallgrief's Girl-Friends
  • Two Phases
  • The Decay of Vanity
  • Fair Choice
  • The Conversion of the Reverend Skinner
  • Complaint
  • Phaetons
  • Egg-Head
  • The Man Seeking Experience Enquire His Way of a Drop of Water
  • Meeting
  • Wind
  • October Dawn
  • Roarers in a Ring [also in Elmet]
  • Vampire
  • Childbirth
  • The Hag
  • Law in the Country of the Cats
  • Invitation to the Dance
  • The Casualty
  • Bayonet Charge
  • Griefs for Dead Soldiers
  • Six Young Men [also in Elmet]
  • Two Wise Generals
  • The Ancient Heroes and the Bomber Pilot
  • The Martyrdom of Bishop Farrar

 

UNCOLLECTED (1957—59)

  • Letter
  • Quest
  • Constancy
  • Shells
  • Gulls Aloft
  • Snails

 

LUPERCAL (1960)

  • Things Present
  • Everyman's Odyssey
  • Mayday on Holderness
  • February
  • Crow Hill
  • A Woman Unconscious
  • Strawberry Hill
  • Dick Straightup [also in Elmet]
  • Fourth of July
  • A Dream of Horses
  • Esther's Tomcat
  • Historian
  • Pennines in April [also in Elmet]
  • Hawk Roosting
  • Nicholas Ferrer
  • To Paint a Water Lily
  • Urn Burial
  • Of Cats
  • Fire-Eater
  • Acrobats
  • The Good Life
  • The Bull Moses
  • Cat and Mouse
  • View of a Pig
  • The Retired Colonel
  • The Voyage
  • Relic
  • Wilfred Owen's Photographs
  • An Otter
  • Witches
  • November
  • The Perfect Forms
  • Thrushes
  • Singers
  • Bullfrog
  • Crag Jack's Apostasy
  • Pike
  • Snowdrop
  • Sunstroke
  • Cleopatra to the Asp
  • Lupercalia

 

UNCOLLECTED (1960—67)

  • A Fable
  • The Storm [from Homer, Odyssey, Book V]
  • Lines to a Newborn Baby
  • To F.R. at Six Months
  • Dully Gumption's College Courses
  • My Uncle's Wound [also in Elmet]
  • The Road to Easington
  • Sunday Evening
  • Poem to Robert Graves Perhaps
  • On Westminster Bridge
  • After Lorca
  • Era of Giant Lizards
  • Small Hours
  • Bad News Good!
  • Dice
  • O White Elite Lotus
  • Carol
  • Warm Moors
  • Folk-Lore
  • Gibraltar
  • Birdsong
  • Plum Blossom
  • The Last Migration
  • The Burning of the Brothel
  • To W. H. Auden

 

from RECKLINGS (1966)

  • On the Slope [also in Elmet]
  • Water
  • Fishing at Dawn
  • Dully Gumption's Addendum
  • Guinness
  • Flanders
  • Keats
  • Beech Tree
  • Toll
  • Memory
  • Heatwave
  • Fallen Eve
  • The Toughest
  • Thaw
  • Plum-Blossom
  • Public Bar T.V.
  • As Woman's Weeping
  • Trees
  • A Colonial
  • Don Giovanni
  • A Match
  • Small Events
  • To be a Girl's Diary
  • Stealing Trout on a May Morning [also in River (3 Books)]
  • Humanities
  • Tutorial
  • Poltergeist
  • Last Lines
  • The Lake
  • Unknown Soldier

 

from WODWO (1967) [— incorporates revisions made for Selected Poems 1972, Appendix has Notes of changes!]

Part I

  • Thistles
  • Still Life
  • Her Husband
  • Cadenza
  • Ghost Crabs
  • Boom
  • Ludwig's Death Mask
  • Second Glance at a Jaguar
  • Public Bar T.V.
  • Fern
  • A Wind Flashes the Grass
  • A Vegetarian
  • Sugar Loaf
  • Bowled Over
  • Wino
  • Logos [sometimes considered belonging to the Crow context]
  • Reveille [sometimes considered belonging to the Crow context]
  • The Rescue
  • Stations
  • The Green Wolf
  • The Bear

Part III

  • Theology [sometimes considered belonging to the Crow context]
  • Gog, I—III
  • Kreutzer Sonata
  • Out

I   The Dream Time
II  'The dead man in his cave beginning to sweat'
III Remembrance Day

  • New Moon in January
  • The Warriors of the North
  • Karma
  • Song of a Rat

I   The Rat's Dance
II  The Rat's Vision
III The Rat's Flight

  • Heptonstall [also in Elmet]
  • Ballad from a Fairy Tale [rewritten for Remains of Elmet ("The Angel")]
  • Skylarks
  • Mountains
  • You Drive in a Circle
  • Wings

I   M. Sartre Considers Current Affairs
II  Kafka
III Einstein Plays Bach

  • Pibroch
  • The Howling of Wolves
  • Gnat-Psalm
  • Full Moon and Little Frieda
  • Wodwo

 

UNCOLLECTED (1967—70)

  • Scapegoats and Rabies

I   A Haunting
II  The Mascot
II  Wit's End
IV Two Minutes' Silence
V  The Red Carpet

  • from Three Legends, II—III [Crow poem]
  • TV On
  • The Brother's Dream
  • Dog Days on the Black Sea
  • ? [Crow poem]
  • Crowquill [Crow poem]
  • Ballad of Bauble-Head
  • Crow's Feast [Crow poem]
  • A Crow Hymn [Crow poem]
  • Song of Woe [Crow poem]
  • Existential Song [Crow poem]
  • A Lucky Folly [Crow poem]
  • Fighting for Jerusalem
  • This Game of Chess

 

[Crow]

Four Crow Poems (1970)

  • That Moment
  • King of Carrion
  • Crow and the Birds
  • Crow's Last Stand

 

A Few Crows (1970)

  • Crow's First Lesson
  • A Kill
  • Notes for a Little Play
  • A Grin
  • The Battle of Osfrontalis
  • Crow Tyrannosaurus
  • A Childish Prank
  • Carnival

 

from Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow (1970)

  • Two Legends
  • Lineage
  • Examination at the Womb-Door
  • Crow and Mama
  • The Door
  • Crow Alights
  • Crow Hears Fate Knock at the Door
  • Crow's Account of the Battle
  • The Black Beast
  • Crow Communes
  • Crow's Account of St George
  • A Disaster
  • Crow's Theology
  • Crow's Fall
  • Criminal Ballad
  • Crow and the Beach
  • Oedipus Crow
  • Crow's Vanity
  • A Horrible Religious Error
  • Crow Tries the Media
  • Crow's Nerve Fails
  • In Laughter
  • Crow Frowns
  • Magical Dangers
  • Robin Song
  • Conjuring in Heaven
  • Crow Goes Hunting
  • Owl's Song
  • Crow's Undersong
  • Crow's Elephant Totem Song
  • Dawn's Rose
  • Crow's Playmates
  • Crowego
  • The Smile
  • Crow Improvises
  • Crowcolour
  • Crow's Battle Fury
  • Crow Blacker than Ever
  • Revenge Fable
  • A Bedtime Story
  • Crow's Song of Himself
  • Crow Sickened
  • Song for a Phallus
  • Apple Tragedy
  • Crow Paints Himself into a Chinese Mural
  • Crow and the Sea
  • Truth Kills Everybody
  • Crow and Stone
  • Fragment of an Ancient Tablet
  • Snake Hymn
  • Lovesong
  • Glimpse
  • Two Eskimo Songs

I  Fleeing from Eternity
II How Water Began to Play

  • Littleblood

 

from Crow Wakes (1971)

  • Crow Wakes
  • Bones
  • Amulet [also in Under the North Star]
  • In the Land of the Lion
  • I See a Bear [also in Under the North Star]
  • Bedtime Anecdote
  • Song against the White Owl [revised in Primer of Birds]
  • The Ship
  • Lullaby
  • Snow Song
  • The Contender

 

from POEMS. RUTH FAINLIGHT, TED HUGHES, ALAN SILLITOE (1971)

  • Genesis of Evil [Crow poem]
  • Crow's Song about England [Crow poem]
  • Crow's Courtship [Crow poem]
  • Crow's Song about God [Crow poem]
  • Crow the Just [Crow poem]

 

UNCOLLECTED (1971-73)

  • The Space-Egg was Sailing [Crow poem]
  • 'In the little girl's angel gaze' [Crow poem]
  • The New World [Crow poem ??]
  • An Alchemy

 

PROMETHEUS ON HIS CRAG (1973)

  1. 'His voice felt out the way. "I am" he said'
  2. 'Prometheus … Relaxes'
  3. 'Prometheus … Pestered by birds roosting and defecating'
  4. 'Prometheus … Spotted the vulture coming out of the sun'
  5. 'Prometheus … Dreamed he had burst the sun's mass'
  6. 'Prometheus … Has bitten his prophetic tongue off'
  7. 'Prometheus … Arrested half-way from heaven'
  8. 'Prometheus … Lay astonished all his preparations'
  9. 'Now I know I never shall'
  10. 'Prometheus … Began to admire the vulture'
  11. 'Prometheus … Tried to recall his night's dream'
  12. 'Prometheus … Had begun to sing'
  13. 'Prometheus … Heard the cry of the wombs'
  14. 'Prometheus … Sees the wind'
  15. 'Prometheus … Had such an advantageous prospect'
  16. 'Prometheus … Too far from his people to tell them'
  17. 'No God — only wind and the flower'
  18. 'The character neglected in this icon'
  19. 'Prometheus … Shouts and his words'
  20. 'Prometheus … Pondered the vulture. Was this bird'
  21. 'His mother covers her eyes'
    [Alternative Poems in Appendix:]
    #5 'Prometheus … Knew what was coming'
    #12 'Prometheus … Came to see Io fleeting across the map'
    #17 'Prometheus … Was himself the fire'

 

UNCOLLECTED (1974—75)

  • Welcombe
  • Exits
  • The Lamentable History of the Human Calf [listed as a Crow poem in The Achievement of Ted Hughes]

 

from SPRING SUMMER AUTUMN WINTER

  • Hunting the Summer [Season Songs poem]
  • The Defenders [Season Songs poem]

 

Season Songs (1976)

Spring

  • A March Calf
  • The River in March
  • March Morning Unlike Others [also in Moortown Diary]
  • Spring Nature Notes, I—VI
  • April Birthday
  • Icecrust and Snowflake
  • Deceptions

Summer

  • Swifts
  • Mackerel Song
  • Hay
  • Sheep, I—III [parts in Moortown Diary]
  • Apple Dumps
  • Work and Play
  • The Harvest Moon
  • The Golden Boy

Autumn

  • Leaves
  • Autumn Nature Notes, I—VIII
  • The Seven Sorrows
  • A Cranefly in September
  • There Came a Day
  • The Stag
  • Two Horses, I—V

Winter

  • The Warrior of Winter
  • Christmas Card
  • December River
  • New Year Song
  • Snow and Snow
  • The Warm and the Cold

 

UNCOLLECTED (1976-77)

  • He Called [Cave Birds poem]
  • Eclipse [also in the orig. trade edition of Flowers and Insects]
  • Pets [also in Season Songs]
  • Green Mother [Cave Birds poem]
  • [Caprichos] [— this is a very different project from Capriccio, below]
  • 'Who lives in my skin with me?'
  • 'If the mouth could properly open'
  • 'When dawn lifts the eyelid behind the eyelid'
  • 'Nevertheless rejoice'

 

from Gaudete (1977)

[The Epilogue Poems]

  • 'What will you make of half a man'
  • 'I hear your congregations at their rapture'
  • 'Who are you?'
  • 'At the top of my soul'
  • 'The lark sizzles in my ear'
  • 'I watched a wise beetle'
  • 'In a world where all is temporary'
  • 'Collision with the earth has finally come '
  • 'Trying to be a leaf'
  • 'I heard the screech, sudden'
  • 'Once I said lightly'
  • 'Music, that eats people'
  • 'The rain comes again'
  • 'This is the maneater's skull'
  • 'I see the oak's bride in the oak's grasp'
  • 'She rides the earth'
  • 'The huntsmen, an top of their swaying horse-towers'
  • 'A primrose petal's edge'
  • 'Waving goodbye, from your banked hospital bed'
  • 'I said goodbye to earth'
  • 'The swallow — rebuilding —'
  • 'The night wind, muscled with rain'
  • 'The viper fell from the sun'
  • 'A doctor extracted'
  • 'The coffin, spurred by its screws'
  • 'The grass blade is not without'
  • 'Churches topple'
  • 'I know well'
  • 'The sun, like a cold kiss in the street —'
  • 'Sometimes it comes, a gloomy flap of lightning'
  • 'Having first given away pleasure —'
  • 'Looking for her form'
  • 'A man hangs on'
  • 'When the still-soft eyelid sank again'
  • 'The sea grieves all night long'
  • 'Hearing your moan echo, I chill. I shiver'
  • 'Faces lift out of the earth'
  • 'I skin the skin'
  • 'What steel was it the river poured'
  • 'Calves harshly parted from their mamas'
  • 'A bang — A burning —'
  • 'The dead man lies, marching here and there'
  • 'Every day the world gets simply'
  • 'Your tree — your oak'
  • 'Glare out of just crumpled grass —'

 

UNCOLLECTED (1977—78)

  • He Gets Up in Dark Dawn [also in Season Songs]
  • Unknown Warrior
  • After the Grim Diagnosis

[1952-1977]

  • 'A Nation's a soul'
  • A Solstice [also in What is the Truth]
  • New Foal [also in What is the Truth]
  • Wycoller Hall [also in Remains of Elmet]

 

from ORTS (1978) [— many of these poems are closely related to the Epilogue poems from Gaudete / Lumbs Remains; this sequence draws most of its poems from the limited edition of 1976]

1 'The fallen oak sleeps under the bog' 

2 'Let that one shrink into place'

3 'The Queen of Egypt'

4 'You have come down from the clouds'

5 'Skin' [listed as a poem from Adam and the Sacred Nine in The Achievement of Ted Hughes]

6 'Air'

7 'At some juncture the adult dies'

8 'So much going on'

9 'Huge global trouble all to earn'

[10—13 not included in the sequence here]

14 'Sunday bells'

15 'The volcano'

[16 — not included in the sequence here]

17 'The white shark'

18 'Eye went out to hunt you'

19 'He sickened'

[20 — not included in the sequence here]

21 'Searching, I am confronted again'

[22—23 not included in the sequence here]

24 'The buzzard mews — '

[25 — not included in the sequence here]

26 'Where shall I put my hand?'

27 'Words bring wet lumps of earth'

28 'Sitting under the downpour'

29 'They brought you a lit-up flying city'

30 'The mother of the tree'

31 'If searching can't find you'

32 'Before I was born, you were a spirit'

33 'Where you wait'

34 'Stilled at his drink'

[35—36 not included in the sequence here]

37 'Your eyes are poor'

38 'Better, happier, to stay clear of the pure'

[39 — not included in the sequence here]

40 'After years of methodical, daily'

41 'Like the future oak invisible'

42 'The bulging oak is not as old'

43 'A cry is coming closer'

44 'He did all that he thought he wanted to do'

45 'Why do you take such nervy shape to become'

46 'You have made me careless'

[47 — not included in the sequence here]

48 'Does it matter how long'

49 'The salmon's egg winters the gouging floods'

50 'Your touch jerks me —

51 'Churches darken like scabs'

52 'As often as I affirm'

53 'In the zoo'

54 'The engine under the car-bonnet'

55 'By the splitting, spilling, fly-crazing'

56 'The cat, craning over the long grass'

57 'The cut stone'

[58—59 not included in the sequence here]

60 'Twisted mouths'

61 'A wild drop flies in space —'

62 'He sits grinning, he blurts laughter'

 

Cave Birds (1978)

  • The Scream
  • The Summoner
  • After the First Fright
  • The Interrogator
  • She Seemed So Considerate
  • The judge
  • The Plaintiff
  • In These Fading Moments I Wanted to Say
  • The Executioner
  • The Accused
  • First, the Doubtful Charts of Skin
  • The Knight
  • Something was Happening
  • The Gatekeeper
  • A Flayed Crow in the Hall of judgement
  • The Baptist
  • Only a Little Sleep, a Little Slumber
  • A Green Mother
  • As I Came, I Saw a Wood
  • A Riddle [Alternative Version in Appendix: "Incomparable Marriage"]
  • The Scapegoat
  • After There was Nothing Came a Woman
  • The Guide
  • His Legs Ran About
  • Walking Bare
  • Bride and Groom Lie Hidden for Three Days [a Crow poem]
  • The Owl Flower
  • The Risen
  • Finale

 

Adam and the Sacred Nine (1979) [— this is the complete Rainbow Press sequence!]

  • The Song
  • Adam
  • Awake!
  • All this time his cry
  • He had retreated
  • And the Falcon came
  • The Skylark came
  • The Wild Duck
  • The Swift comes the Swift
  • The Unknown Wren
  • And Owl
  • The Dove Came
  • The Crow came To Adam
  • And the Phoenix has come
  • Light
  • Bud-tipped twig
  • The Sole of a foot

 

Remains of Elmet (1979)

  • The Dark River
  • Abel Cross, Crimsworth Dene
  • Hardcastle Crags
  • Lumb Chimneys
  • Two Trees at Top Withens
  • Stanbury Moor
  • Moors
  • The Trance of Light
  • West Laithe Cobbles
  • Long Screams
  • Curlews
  • Walls at Alcomden
  • Walls
  • First, Mills
  • Hill-Stone was Content
  • Mill Ruins
  • Wild Rock
  • The Sheep Went an Being Dead
  • The Big Animal of Rock
  • Tree
  • Heather
  • Alcomden
  • Remains of Elmet
  • There Come Days to the Hills
  • Shackleton Hill
  • When Men Got to the Summit
  • Churn-Milk Joan
  • Grouse-Butts
  • The Weasels We Smoked out of The Bank
  • High Sea-Light
  • Bridestones
  • Wadsworth Moor
  • Spring-Dusk
  • Football at Slack
  • Sunstruck
  • Willow-Herb
  • The Canal's Drowning Black
  • The Long Tunnel Ceiling
  • Under the World's Wide Rims
  • Two
  • Mount Zion
  • The Ancient Briton Lay under His Rock
  • Rhododendrons
  • Crown Point Pensioners
  • For Billy Holt
  • Heptonstall
  • The Beacon
  • Emily Bronte
  • Haworth Parsonage
  • Top Withens
  • The Sluttiest Sheep in England
  • Auction at Stanbury
  • Widdop
  • Light Falls through Itself
  • In April
  • The Word that Space Breathes
  • Heptonstall Old Church
  • Tick Tock Tick Tock
  • Cock-Crows
  • Heptonstall Cemetery
  • The Angel

 

UNCOLLECTED (1979)

  • Irish Elk
  • Barley [Season Songs poem]
  • A Lamb in the Storm [poem from the Moortown context]
  • The Rose
  • In the Black Chapel

 

Moortown Diary (1979)

  • Rain
  • Dehorning
  • Poor birds
  • Feeding out-wintering cattle at twilight
  • Foxhunt
  • New Year exhilaration
  • Struggle
  • Bringing in new couples
  • Snow smoking as the fields boil
  • Tractor
  • Roe-deer
  • Couples under cover
  • Surprise
  • Last night
  • Ravens
  • February 17th
  • March morning unlike others
  • Turning out
  • She has come to pass
  • Birth of Rainbow
  • Orf
  • Happy calf
  • Coming down through Somerset
  • Little red twin
  • Teaching a dumb calf
  • Last load
  • While she chews sideways
  • Sheep, I—II
  • The day he died
  • A monument
  • The formal auctioneer
  • A memory
  • Now you have to push
  • Hands

 

from EARTH-NUMB (1979)

  • Earth-numb [also in River]
  • That girl
  • Here is the Cathedral
  • Postcard from Torquay
  • Old age gets up
  • Nefertiti
  • A Motorbike
  • Deaf School
  • Photostomias, I—II
  • The Lovepet [Crow poem]
  • Second Birth
  • Song of Longsight [Caprichos poem]
  • Life is trying to be life [Crow poem]
  • A Citrine Glimpse, I—II
  • Four Tales Told by an Idiot

1 I woke in the bed of the rains
2 I was tied to a stake, in a tectite desert
3 Night-wind, a freedom
4 That star

  • Actaeon
  • Seven Dungeon Songs [includes Caprichos poems]

1 The Wolf
2 Dead, she became space-earth
3 Face was necessary — I found face
4 The earth locked out the light
5 I walk
6 The oracle
7 If mouth could open its cliff

  • A knock at the door

 

Orts [— several of these are closely related to the Epilogue poems from Gaudete / Lumbs Remains]

1 Each new moment my eyes

2 Are they children

3 For weights of blood

5 In the MS restaurant

6 Poets

7 Grosse Fuge

8 Lucretia

9 The Cathedral

10 Pan

11 Speech out of shadow

12 Everything is waiting

14 Flight from Egypt

15 Beeches, leafless

16 Look back

17 Buzz in the window

18 Lumb

19 The express

20 T.V. Off

21 Ophiuchos

22 Funeral

23 Children

24 Prospero and Sycorax [Crow poem]

25 Before-dawn twilight, a sky dry as talc

  • Tiger-psalm [Crow poem]
  • The stone
  • Stained Glass

1 The Virgin
2 The Womb
3 The Virgin Knight

  • A God

 

UNCOLLECTED (1980—81)

  • Unfinished Mystery
  • Do not Pick up the Telephone
  • Lily
  • Sky Furnace
  • Fort
  • Fishing the Estuary [River context]


[Publications of the Morrigu Press, 1979—80]

  • Wolf [Under the North Star poem]
  • Puma [Under the North Star poem]
  • Brooktrout [Under the North Star poem]
  • Eagle [Under the North Star poem]
  • Mosquito [Under the North Star poem]

 

Three River Poems

  • Catadrome
  • Caddis
  • Visitation [incl. in the trade ed. of River]

 

from A Primer of Birds (1981)

  • For Leonard and Lisa
  • Cuckoo
  • Swans
  • Buzzard
  • Black-back Gull
  • Snipe
  • A Swallow [also in Season Songs]
  • Sparrow
  • [The Macaw, see Wolfwatching]
  • The Hen [also in What is the Truth]
  • Mallard
  • [Kingfisher, see River]
  • [Whiteness, see River]
  • [A Sparrow Hawk, see Wolfwatching]
  • Evening Thrush
  • Magpie
  • Shrike
  • Starlings Have Come [also in Season Songs]
  • Bullfinch [also in What is the Truth]
  • [Nightjar, see Flowers and Insects]
  • [A Rival, see River]
  • Wren
  • [Tern, see Flowers and Insects]
  • Treecreeper [also in What is the Truth]
  • Nightingale
  • [A Dove, also in Wolfwatching / see final poem]
  • The Moorhen
  • [The White Owl, for a different version, see Crow]
  • Pheasant
  • Phoenix

 

UNCOLLECTED (1981—83)

  • Cows
  • 'Drove six or so high miles'
  • River of Dialectics
  • Sing the Rat
  • Giant Dream of Elephants
  • Remembering Teheran
  • The Great Irish Pike
  • Thomas the Rhymer's Song [from Shusha Guppy record: Durable Fire]
  • Madly Singing in the Mountains
  • To Be Harry
  • Mice Are Funny Little Creatures [What is the Truth poem]
  • Weasels at Work [What is the Truth poem]
  • Fly Inspects [What is the Truth poem]
  • Swallows [What is the Truth poem] [alternative version in Primer of Birds / Season Songs]

 

from RIVER (1983)

  • The Morning before Christmas
  • Japanese River Tales, I—II
  • Flesh of Light
  • New Year
  • Whiteness [Primer of Birds poem]
  • Four March Watercolours
  • Dee
  • The Merry Mink
  • Salmon-taking Times
  • Under the Hill of Centurions
  • A Cormorant
  • Stump Pool in April
  • Go Fishing
  • Milesian Encounter at the Sligachan
  • Ophelia
  • Creation of Fishes
  • River Barrow
  • The West Dart
  • Strangers
  • After Moonless Midnight
  • An August Salmon
  • The Vintage of River Is Unending
  • Night Arrival of Sea-Trout
  • The Kingfisher [Primer of Birds poem]
  • That Morning
  • The River
  • Last Night
  • The Gulkana
  • In the Dark Violin of the Valley
  • Low Water
  • A Rival [Primer of Birds poem]
  • August Evening
  • Performance
  • September Salmon
  • Eighty, and Still Fishing for Salmon
  • September
  • An Eel
  • Fairy Flood
  • Riverwatcher
  • October Salmon
  • Torridge
  • Salmon Eggs

 

UNCOLLECTED (1983—1986)

  • The Mayfly [River context]
  • The Pigeon's Wings
  • The Live-Bait [River context]
  • Waste
  • The Hare [What is the Truth poem]
  • Waterlicked
  • Familiar [Elmet poem]
  • Disarmament [Elmet context]

 

Mokomaki [cf also: "Lamenting Head", "Reckless Head" and "Sacrificed Head", below — Caprichos poems]

  • Aspiring Head
  • Halfway Head
  • Landmark Head
  • What's the First Thing You Think Of? [Elmet poem]
  • Conscripts [Elmet context]
  • The Best Worker in Europe [River context]
  • Grouse Butts [Remains of Elmet / Elmet poem, revised]
  • Edith [Elmet context]
  • Rights [Elmet context]
  • The Pike [revised in "Live Skull", Collected Animal Poems, which is not included]
  • Mayday
  • Sketching a Thatcher [also in Moortown Diary]
  • Lamenting Head [Mokomaki / Caprichos poem ?]
  • Reckless Head [Mokomaki / Caprichos poem ?]
  • Sacrificed Head [Mokomaki / Caprichos poem ?]

 

from Flowers and Insects (1986)

  • Narcissi
  • A Violet at Lough Aughresberg
  • Brambles
  • Daffodils
  • Two Tortoiseshell Butterflies
  • Cyclamens in a Bowl
  • Saint's Island
  • Where I Sit Writing My Letter
  • Tern [Primer of Birds poem; Keith Sagar & Stephen Tabor state that this poem "originally appeared in manuscript in copy J of the Scolar Press Cave Birds"]
  • Sketch of a Goddess
  • The Honey Bee
  • In the Likeness of a Grasshopper
  • Sunstruck Foxglove
  • Big Poppy
  • Nightjar [Primer of Birds poem]

 

UNCOLLECTED (1987-89)

  • Devon Riviera
  • [Part II in Appendix: "Two Views of a Devon Riviera"]
  • First Things First
  • A Full House
  • Birthday Greetings
  • Chinese History of Colden Water [River poem]
  • Kore
  • Glimpse
  • If [River poem]
  • Mayday [revision of "Cuckoo" Primer of Birds]
  • Lines about Elias

 

from Wolfwatching (1989)

  • A Sparrow Hawk [Primer of Birds poem]
  • Astrological Conundrums

I   The Fool's Evil Dream
II  Nearly Awake [addition, not in the original Wolfwatching]
III Tell

  • Slump Sundays [Elmet poem]
  • Climbing into Heptonstall [Elmet poem]
  • Macaw [Primer of Birds poem]
  • Dust As We Are
  • Wolfwatching
  • Telegraph Wires [Elmet poem]
  • Source
  • Sacrifice [Elmet poem]
  • For the Duration [Elmet poem]
  • Anthem for Doomed Youth [Elmet poem]
  • The Black Rhino
  • Leaf Mould [Elmet poem]
  • Manchester Skytrain
  • Walt

I  Under High Wood [Elmet poem]
II The Atlantic

  • Take What You Want But Pay For It
  • Us He Devours
  • Little Whale Song
  • On the Reservations

I   Sitting Bull an Christmas Morning
II  Nightvoice
III The Ghost Dancer

 

Capriccio (1990)

  • Capriccios
  • The Locket
  • The Mythographers
  • Systole Diastole
  • Descent
  • Folktale
  • Fanaticism
  • Snow
  • The Other
  • Possession
  • The Coat
  • Smell of Burning
  • The Pit and the Stones
  • Shibboleth
  • The Roof
  • The Error
  • Opus 131
  • Familiar
  • Flame
  • Chlorophyl

 

RAIN-CHARM FOR THE DUCHY (1992)

  • Rain-Charm for the Duchy
  • Two Poems for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen
  1. The Dream of the Lion
  2. Little Salmon Hymn
  • A Birthday Masque
  1. The First Gift
  2. An Almost Thornless Crown [also in the trade edition of Flowers & Insects]
  3. The Second Gift
  4. The Ring
  5. The Third Gift
  6. Candles for the Cake
  • The Song of the Honey Bee
  • Two Songs
  1. For Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York
  2. For the Christening of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York
  • A Masque for Three Voices
  • The Unicorn
  1. X-Ray
  2. Falstaff
  3. The Unicorn
  4. A Unicorn called Ariel
  5. Envoi

 

UNCOLLECTED (1992-97)

  • Lobby from Under the Carpet
  • Three Poems for J.R.

I   Waif
II  Lovesick
III Atavist

  • Two Photographs of Top Withens [Elmet poem]
  • 1984 on 'The Tarka Trail' [River poem]
  • Be a Dry-Fly Purist [River poem]
  • The Bear [River poem]
  • The Mayfly is Frail [River poem]
  • High Water [River poem]
  • Everything is an its Way to the River [River poem]
  • Why the '21st Child' Could Not Be Lifted
  • The Last of the 1st / 5th Lancashire Fusiliers [Elmet poem]
  • Snapshot [River / Elmet poem ?]
  • Playing with an Archetype
  • Epigraph
  • Old Oats
  • Anniversary [Elmet context]
  • The Oak Tree
  • A Trout? [River context]
  • Black Hair [Birthday Letters poem]
  • Platform One [Birthday Letters poem]
  • Comics [Elmet context]
  • Mother-Tongue
  • 6 September 1997

 

TALES FROM OVID (1997)

  • Creation; Four Ages; Flood; Lycaon
  • Phaethon
  • Callisto and Arcas
  • The Rape of Proserpina
  • Arethusa
  • Tiresias
  • Echo and Narcissus
  • Erisychthon
  • Semele
  • Peleus and Thetis
  • Actaeon
  • Myrrha
  • Venus and Adonis (and Atalanta)
  • Pygmalion
  • Hercules and Dejanira
  • The Birth of Hercules
  • The Death of Cygnus
  • Arachne
  • Bacchus and Pentheus
  • Midas
  • Niobe
  • Salmacis and Hermaphroditus
  • Tereus
  • Pyramus and Thisbe

 

Birthday Letters (1998)

  • Fulbright Scholars
  • Caryatids (1)
  • Caryatids (2)
  • Visit
  • Sam
  • The Tender Place
  • St Botolph's
  • The Shot
  • Trophies
  • 18 Rugby Street
  • The Machine
  • God Help the Wolf after Whom the Dogs Do Not Bark
  • Fidelity
  • Fate Playing
  • The Owl
  • A Pink Wool Knitted Dress
  • Your Paris
  • You Hated Spain
  • Moonwalk
  • Drawing
  • Fever
  • 55 Eltisley
  • Chaucer
  • Ouija
  • The Earthenware Head
  • Wuthering Heights
  • The Chipmunk
  • Horoscope
  • Flounders
  • The Blue Flannel Suit
  • Child's Park
  • 9 Willow Street
  • The Literary Life
  • The Bird
  • Astringency
  • The Badlands
  • Fishing Bridge
  • The 59th Bear
  • Grand Canyon
  • Karlsbad Caverns
  • Black Coat
  • Portraits
  • Stubbing Wharfe
  • Remission
  • Isis
  • Epiphany
  • The Gypsy
  • A Dream
  • The Minotaur
  • The Pan
  • Error
  • The Lodger
  • Daffodils
  • The Afterbirth
  • Setebos
  • A Short Film
  • The Rag Rug
  • The Table
  • Apprehensions
  • Dream Life
  • Perfect Light
  • The Rabbit Catcher
  • Suttee
  • The Bee God
  • Being Christlike
  • The Beach
  • Dreamers
  • Fairy Tale
  • The Blackbird
  • Totem
  • Robbing Myself
  • Blood and Innocence
  • Costly Speech
  • The Inscription
  • Night-Ride an Ariel
  • Telos
  • Brasilia
  • The Cast
  • The Ventriloquist
  • Life after Death
  • The Hands
  • The Prism
  • The God
  • Freedom of Speech
  • A Picture of Otto
  • Fingers
  • The Dogs Are Eating Your Mother
  • Red

 

HOWLS & WHISPERS (1998)

  • Paris 1954
  • Religion
  • The Hidden Orestes
  • The Laburnum
  • The Difference
  • The Minotaur 2
  • Howls & Whispers
  • The City
  • Moon-Dust
  • The Offers
  • Superstitions

 

UNCOLLECTED (1997—98)

  • from  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Some Pike for Nicholas
  • Brother Peartree
  • Shakespeare, drafting his will …
  • The Prophet (after Pushkin)
  • A Dove [Season Songs / Primer of Birds / Wolfwatching poem]

 

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Appendix One: Notes and Prefaces by Ted Hughes

Appendix Two: Variant Titles

Appendix Three: Variant Lists of Contents