Ted Hughes, Class and Violence by Paul Bentley

By Paul Bentley

Ted Hughes is broadly considered as a tremendous determine in twentieth-century poetry, however the impression of Hughes's category historical past on his paintings has bought little awareness. this is often the 1st complete size learn to take the degree of the significance of sophistication in Hughes. It provides a significantly re-creation of Hughes that demanding situations identical to Hughes as essentially a nature poet, in addition to clone of the Tory Laureate. the talk over 'natural' violence in Hughes's early poems, Hughes's courting with Seamus Heaney, the Laureateship, and Hughes's revisiting of his dating with Sylvia Plath in Birthday Letters (1998), are reconsidered by way of Hughes's type heritage. Drawing at the taking into account cultural theorists equivalent to Slavoj Žižek, Terry Eagleton, and Julia Kristeva, the booklet provides new political readings of popular Hughes poems, along attention of posthumously amassed poems and letters, to bare a shocking photo of a profoundly class-conscious poet.

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