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The poetry of Ted Hughes : language, illusion and beyond

Author: Paul Bentley
Publisher: London : Longman, 1998.
Series: Studies in 20th century literature
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This text provides an introduction to the poetry of Ted Hughes, whose work is concerned with the forces of nature and their interaction with man. It also places Hughes' poems in a theoretical context  Read more...


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Named Person: Ted Hughes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Bentley
ISBN: 0582227763 9780582227767
OCLC Number: 468086221
Notes: Bibliogr. p. 121-125. Index.
Description: VII-129 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction - Hughes and the movement; the East European influence; Hughes and the myth; Hughes and Shamanism. Part 1 Early Hughes: "archaic energies"; language, narcissism and emptiness; "a utility general-purpose style"; the influence of Sylvia Plath; Hughes and romanticism; language and mysticism. Part 2 "Crow": carnival and trickster; the "dialogic" word; through the looking glass; depression - a style. Part 3 "Gaudete": "some kind of tunnel"; lens and landscape; the use of stereotypes; the double; language and the double; "adventure time" in "Gaudete"; the double's defeat; the language of "Gaudete"; the grotesque of "Gaudete"; the epilogue poems and the "future anterior". Part 4 "Cave Birds": a transformation mystery; Lacan and Jung; the semiotic and the symbolic; the hermetic vessel as semiotic "Chora"; the Shamanic event; the discourse of depression; the problem of the feminine. Part 5 Later Hughes: the real as obstacle; the real as trauma; the photograph as real; an "internally persuasive discourse"; the imaginary-real. Part 6 Hughes as Laureate.
Series Title: Studies in 20th century literature
Responsibility: Paul Bentley.
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