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Palgrave Macmillan

Ted Hughes: From Cambridge to Collected

ISBN 9781137276575
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This book offers new insights into neglected but essential aspects of the work of one of the major twentieth-century poets - Ted Hughes. New essays by his friends and fellow poets Seamus Heaney and Simon Armitage lead a collection of largely new voices in Hughes studies offering fresh readings and newly available archival research. Beyond the poetry and stories, these contributors draw upon recordings, notebooks, letters, writing for children, prose essays and translations. Several contributors have carried out new interviews and correspondence for this book. For the first time, this book challenges established views about Hughes's speaking voice, poetic rhythms, study at Cambridge, influence of other poets, engagement with Christianity, farming, fishing and healing. Close readings of popular texts are accompanied by new arguments and contexts that show the importance of works hitherto overlooked.

Mark Wormald is Director of Studies in English at Pembroke College, Cambridge, UK.

Neil Roberts is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Terry Gifford is a Visiting Professor in the Centre for Writing and Environment at Bath Spa University, UK.

Notes on the Contributors
1. The Ascent of Ted Hughes: Conquering the Calder Valley; Simon Armitage
2. Hughes and Cambridge; Neil Roberts
3. Mythology, Mortality and Memorialisation: Animal and Human Endurance in Hughes' Poetry; Laura Webb
4. Hughes's Inner Music; David Sergeant
5. Knowing the Bible Right Down to the Bone: Ted Hughes and Christianity; David Troupes
6. Hughes's Vacanas: The Difficulties of a Bridegroom; Ann Skea
7. 'The Fox is a jolly farmer and we farm the same land': Ted Hughes and Farming; David Whitley
8. Fishing for Ted; Mark Wormald
9. Traumatic Repetition in Capriccio; Lynda Bundtzen
10. Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes: A Complex Friendship; Henry Hart
11. 'I fear a man of frugal speech': Hughes and Emily Dickinson; Gillian Groswezski
12. Ted Hughes and Federico García Lorca: the Tragic Theatre of Mourning; Yvonne Reddick
13. Hughes: Illness; Edward Hadley
14. 'The Ted Hughesness of Ted Hughes': The Construction of a 'voice' in Hughes's Poetry Readings and Recordings; Carrie Smith
15. Suffering and Decision; Seamus Heaney

Simon Armitage, University of Sheffield, UK
Lynda K. Bundtzen, Williams College, USA
Gillian Groszewski, Trinity College Dublin, UK
Edward Hadley, Open University, UK
Henry Hart, College of William and Mary, USA
Seamus Heaney, UK
Yvonne Reddick, University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick, UK
David Sergeant, Oxford University, UK
Ann Skea, independent scholar
Carrie Smith, University of Exeter, UK
David Troupes, University of Massachusetts and University of Edinburgh, UK
Laura Webb, University of Sheffield, UK
David Whitley, Cambridge University, UK


"bookended by contributions from Simon Armitage and Seamus Heaney. . . It is to Pembroke College's credit that . . . it has produced a collection that aims, as Heaney says of Hughes's poetry, 'to heal – in the primary sense of 'make whole'' – Times Literary Supplement
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