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By Heart

101 Poems to Remember

By Heart( )
Author: Hughes, Ted
Editor: Hughes, Ted
Foreword by: Hughes, Ted
Series title:Faber Poetry Ser.
ISBN:978-0-571-19263-2
Publication Date:Jul 2005
Publisher:Faber & Faber, Limited
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $19.99
Book Description:

What has happened to the lost art of memorising poems? Why do we no longer feel that it is necessary to know the most enduring, beautiful poems in the English language 'by heart'? In his introduction Ted Hughes explains how we can overcome the problem by using a memory system that becomes easier the more frequently it is practised. The collected 101 poems are both personal favourites and particularly well-suited to the method Hughes demonstrates. Spanning four centuries, ranging from...
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Book Details
Pages:160
Detailed Subjects: Poetry / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):12.6 x 19.8 x 1.1 cm
Book Weight:0.369 Kilograms
Author Biography
Hughes, Ted (Author)
Ted Hughes was born on August 17, 1930 in England and attended Cambridge University, where he became interested in anthropology and folklore. These interests would have a profound effect on his poetry. In 1956, Hughes married famed poet Sylvia Plath. He taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1957 until 1959, and he stopped writing altogether for several years after Plath's suicide in 1963.

Hughes's poetry is highly marked by harsh and savage language and depictions, emphasizing the animal quality of life. He soon developed a creature called Crow who appeared in several volumes of poetry including A Crow Hymn and Crow Wakes. A creature of mythic proportions, Crow symbolizes the victim, the outcast, and a witness to life and destruction. Hughes's other works also created controversy because of their style, manner, and matter, but he has won numerous honors, including the Somerset Maugham Award in 1960, and the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 1974. His greatest honor came in 1984, when he was named Poet Laureate of England.

Ted Hughes died in 1998.

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