Ted Hughes and the Classics

Ted Hughes and the Classics

by Roger Rees
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Oxford University Press

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Ted Hughes and the Classics

This collection of sixteen articles, written by leading specialists in Classical and English literature, is an important contribution to the critical assessment of Ted Hughes, one of the most popular and controversial English poets of the late 20th century. The chapters are arranged broadly chronologically according to Hughes's publications, and deal with different aspects of his engagement with the culture and literature of ancient Greece and Rome, including translations, original works, classical thought, and ideologies in his drama and verse. Hughes is revealed as a leading figure in literary reception of the Classics in 20th century poetry, a sharply intelligent and sensitive reader of some of the world's foundational texts.

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ISBN-13: 9780199229710
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/26/2009
Series: Classical Presences Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Ted Hughes and the Classics, Keith Sagar
Hughes's first translation, Stuart Gillespie
Can (modern) poets do classical drama? The case of Ted Hughes, Lorna Hardwick
Eliot's Seneca, Ted Hughes's Oedipus, John Talbot
Living myths, Janne Stigen Drangsholt
Mutilated towards alignment?': Prometheus on his Crag and the 'Cambridge School' of anthropology, Vanda Zajko
Hughes's myth: the Classics in Gaudete and Cave Birds, Neil Roberts
Between monarchy and democracy: neo-classicism and the Laureate poetry of Ted Hughes, Roger Rees
'A holiday in a rest home': Ted Hughes as vates in Tales from Ovid, Garrett A. Jacobsen
Passion in extremis in Ted Hughes's Tales from Ovid, Anne-Marie Tatham
The transformation of the Actaeon myth: Ovid, Metamorphoses 3 and Ted Hughes's Tales from Ovid, Jennifer Ingleheart
Birthday Letters from Pontus: Ted Hughes and the white noise of classical elegy, Genevieve Liveley
Ted Hughes: allusion and poetic language, Michael Silk
The Hughes Version: commercial considerations and dramatic imagination, Hallie Marshall
Classic reanimated: Ted Hughes and reflexive translation, Sarah Annes Brown
Beyond tragedy: Ted Hughes, Racine and Euripides, David Gervais

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