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  • By Andrew Floyd
    Dec 1, 2014
    Ted Hughes and his work have been viewed with something approaching reverence by his critics, reviewers and public. In this timely and hugely important book, Alan Jackson demonstrates how they - we - have been dazzled by Hughes' undoubted excellence as a poet, by his ruthless exposure of his inner world, by his lurid, cruel and bloody imagery, and that in this dazzlement we have been blinded to what he was actually saying - to what he stands for. Jackson makes a compelling case, drawing on contemporary criticism and liberal quotation from the poet himself, that Hughes was a man who had surrendered to the dark, and that his poetry is that of defeat and the death of hope - the hope that humanity is on a journey towards greater consciousness, wholeness and love. The book is far from being merely criticism of one man's poetry. Jackson widens his gaze to take in the literary and artistic culture that has connived in elevating Hughes' work to a high level, while choosing to ignore the... More > underlying despondent and retrogressive nature of the underlying content. Modern opinion is saying about Hughes' work, and about so much else besides, that so long as the form and the style are magnificent, sparkling and compelling, we really need not concern ourselves with what is actually being said - that the ancient, dark powers will not be overcome, and that he - and by extension we - are forever victims of the pull and suck of the past. This book deserves the widest possible readership.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
ByTheWay Books
September 15, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.88 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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