More importantly, in 'The Thought-Fox' and other poems such as 'Hawk Roosting' and 'The Jaguar', Hughes implicitly or explicitly identifies with the predatory creature, who is portrayed as in some way transcendent, if not immortal: ...
Author: Neil Roberts
Category: Literary Criticism
This book (also available in paperback from Troubador) open with a section on Hughes's life, including an authoritative treatment of the relationship with Sylvia Plath and the effect of her suicide on his poetry and reputation, followed by a review of Hughes's artistic strategies, his poetic language, and influences on his work, including his openness to mythology and the poets of Eastern Europe. The body of the book offers an approach to reading New Selected Poems (1995), taking in turn each of the remarkable and remarkably varied works from which the poems were selected - The Hawk in the Rain, Lupercal, Wodwo, Crow, Cave Birds, Season Songs, Gaudete, Remains of Elmet, Moortown Diary, River and Wolfwatching. It concludes with a review of Hughes's reception, and a six-page bibliography.