A Literary Life
How was Ted Hughes's poetry influenced by Sylvia Plath? What is the importance of his early life on the Yorkshire moors with his elder brother, a life he called Paradise? How did writing Birthday Letters affect his career? This close study of Hughes's poetic development, now available in paperback, answers all these questions and more.
How was Ted Hughes's poetry affected by the life and death of Sylvia Plath? What is the importance of his early life on the Yorkshire moors with his elder brother, a life that he called Paradise? Why did he not complete the 'saga' of Crow? What is the mysterious 'single adventure' of Wodwo? How did Hughes work with collaborators such as Peter Brook, Fay Godwin and Leonard Baskin? How important was his work as children's writer and translator? What was he trying to do as Poet Laureate? How did writing Birthday Letters affect his attitude to his life and career? Neil Roberts attempts to answer these and many other questions by a close study of Hughes's poetic development and reference to unpublished letters and drafts. Now available in paperback, this is a must for all students and scholars of Hughes.
Acknowledgements Introduction Formation and Juvenilia 'The Thought-Fox': Hughes and Cambridge The Encounter with Sylvia Plath Dreaming from America: Lupercal Wodwo: the 'Single Adventure' and the Death of Sylvia Plath The Making of Crow The 'Plath Wars' The Shaman-Poet and Masculine Guilt: Gaudete and Cave Birds Farmer Hughes: Moortown Diary and Season Songs Return to the Calder Valley: Remains of Elmet, Wolfwatching and Elmet Fisherman Hughes: River The Poet Laureate Writing for Children Hughes as Translator Mourning Plath: Birthday Letters Epilogue Select Bibliography Index