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The elegies of Ted Hughes /
Edward Hadley.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
description
vii, 182 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0230232183, 9780230232181
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
isbn
0230232183
9780230232181
catalogue key
7299138
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Edward Hadley is Associate Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature, Approaching Literature and Children's Literature at the Open University, UK. He completed his PhD on the poetry of Ted Hughes at Durham University, where he has taught classes on Metaphysical Poetry and Shakespeare.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-01-01:
Like Thomas Hardy, Hughes was a poet of both hard, clear-eyed love and lovingly rendered, if no less clear-eyed, depictions of the post-industrial countryside he inhabited for much of his life. Hadley (Open Univ., UK) attempts to place Hughes in another tradition--that of elegist. The results are decidedly mixed. Hadley is strongest when he follows the established elegiac trope of the river in Hughes' River by comparing the poet's work to that of Dante, Milton, Tennyson, Eliot, Thomas, and Auden, among others. In so doing, he not only examines the qualities that might make Hughes' poetry elegiac but also places him in a lineage of established elegists who recuperate the dead to provide both solace and regeneration. In the rest of the book, however, Hadley combines sometimes slack writing with attempts to stretch "elegy" so far that it loses its definitional boundaries and usefulness. Though one finds moments of insight throughout the book, and though the overall argument remains suggestive, in the end the criticism allows one to see Hughes as an elegist only in moments. Summing Up: Optional. Graduate students and above. M. Willhardt Monmouth College
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Summaries
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This book examines a hitherto neglected aspect of Ted Hughes' poetry, arguing that he refashions the codes of elegy in order to reveal a powerful elegiac voice
Main Description
The elegiac aspect of Ted Hughes' poetry has been frequently overlooked, an oversight which this book sets out to rectify. Encompassing a broad range of themes, from the decline of nature and local industry to the national grief caused by the First World War, this book is a comprehensive addition to the study of Hughes' poetry.
Main Description
The elegiac aspect of Ted Hughes' poetry has been frequently overlooked, an oversight which this book sets out to rectify.& Encompassing a broad range of themes, from the decline of nature and local industry to the national grief caused by the First World War,& this book& is a comprehensive& addition to the study of Hughes' poetry.
Long Description
The Elegies of Ted Hughes opens a new line of enquiry into the verse of one of Britain's most highly regarded poets. Marking the first full length study of Hughes' relationship with the poetry of mourning, the elegy, The Elegies of Ted Hughes chronologically examines all the poet's major works and those uncollected poems which harbour an innate elegiac quality. From verse inspired by the national grief caused by the First World War, to lamenting the decline and fall of nature and local industry, to intimate and arresting elegies written for Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath and his family, The Elegies of Ted Hughes is a comprehensive and enlightening addition to the ongoing study of his poetry.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The elegiac aspect of Ted Hughes' poetry has been frequently overlooked, an oversight which this book sets out to rectify. Encompassing a broad range of themes, from the decline of nature and local industry to the national grief caused by the First World War, this book highlights important themes in Hughes' poetry.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Griefs for Dead Soldiersp. 15
Instinct for Lossp. 30
Singers of a Lost Kingdomp. 54
Moortown Elegies?p. 71
The Fruitful Riverp. 82
Dust As We Arep. 102
Nobody Else Remembersp. 121
Epiloguep. 144
Notesp. 156
Bibliographyp. 170
Indexp. 178
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