Questions tagged [ted-hughes]

Questions related to the English poet Ted Hughes (Edward James Hughes, 1930 – 1998) and his work. Hughes also published several translations of literary works. When asking about a poem, please use the [poetry] tag.

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What could “mouths deformed against stone” mean?

In Ted Hughes' "The Contender" (which I already asked about once), there's a phrase which I can't figure. Here are the lines: "All the women in the world could not move him They came their mouths ...
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Understanding the plotline of “The Smile” by Ted Hughes

I'm reading Ted Hughes' "The Smile" (text version), and I'm trying to understand its plotline. More specifically: what's the nature of the scenes wherein the poem's protagonist, the smile, ...
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What does it mean when spaces blow in Crow's ear cluelessly?

In "Crow Hears Fate Knock On The Door", The lines ending the second part of the song are: He walked, he walked Letting the translucent starry spaces Blow in his ear cluelessly I'm trying ...
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What is “the dark simple curtain” in Ted Hughes' “Criminal Ballad”?

In the poem "Criminal Ballad", Ted Hughes describes a chain of tragedies happening in parallel with a man's simple moments of life. One of these is the following: And when he ran and got his toy ...
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A sly parody of Eliot's later style

On a book named "The Poetry of Postmodernity" (written by Dennis Brown), on the chapter dedicated to Ted Hughes' Crow, the author comments (you can read it here): Crow read like some checklist of ...
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Meaning of “abandoned his grin to them” in Ted Hughes' “The Contender”?

In "The Contender" (a poem in Ted Hughes' Crow collection), there's a group of lines with peculiar syntax. Here are the lines: He abandoned his grin to them his grimace In his face upwards body ...
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What does it mean to peer from a dewball?

In Ted Hughes' "Crow and the Birds", the lines before the ending read: While the bullfinch plumped in the apple bud And the goldfinch bulbed in the sun And the wryneck crooked in the moon ...
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“The Laburnum Top” by Ted Hughes - poem explanation

I want to know the line by line explanation of the poem "The Laburnum Top" (written by Ted Hughes). Source (Page 31) The Laburnum top is silent, quite still In the afternoon yellow ...
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Meaning of “a ship saluting like a stuntman” in Ted Hughes' “In Laughter”

In Ted Hughes' "In Laughter" (A Crow poem. See it fully here), the first paragraph depicts "colliding" and "crashing" as the kind of events that happen "In laughter": In laughter Cars collide and ...
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What does “cold died beyond knowledge” mean in Ted Hughes' “Owl's Song”?

In Ted Hughes' "Owl's Song" (in Crow collection), the last line of the first verse seems quite obscure: He sang how the swan blanched forever How the wolf threw away its telltale heart And ...
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A woman falling at a heave from the moon and the sun

In A Ted Hughes poem called "Criminal Ballad" (of the Crow collection), there's a usage of the word "heave" which I can't figure: "A woman fell between the ship and the jetty At a heave from the ...
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What happens to Crow after communion?

In "Crow Communes", The lines following the communion - after Crow tore off a mouthful of God - describes the results of this act, in two phases. At first, Crow seems unsure of what his act might ...
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What could “lavender-bag ancestors” mean in Ted Hughes' “Crow Improvises”?

In "Crow Improvises" (text version), the protagonist conjoins a list of disparate objects, where each pair of objects ignites a spark. Putting aside the symbolic meaning of each object, it ...