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Telegraph Wires - Ted Hughes

Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:36 pm
by pseud
Take telegraph wires, a lonely moor,
And fit them together. The thing comes alive in your ear.

Towns whisper to towns over the heather.
But the wires cannot hide from the bad weather.

So oddly, so daintily made
It is picked up and played.

Such unearthly airs
The ear hears, and withers!

In the revolving ballroom of space
Bowed over the moor, a bright face

Draws out of telegraph wires the tones
That empty human bones.

Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:37 pm
by pseud
Let's try this again (with Cameron's approval).

Just to chime in - I think it's simply brilliant but I wondered what others thought.

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:38 am
by cameron
Ted had a thing about bad news arriving via the telephone.

I know he's not everyone's cup of tea and can sometimes over-power his subjects as though he's beating them to death with words, but he's always been a favourite of mine. Wodwo was one of the first poetry books I ever owned and I was captivated by it - even though it's one of his weaker collections.

People don't warm to him as a man though. (Discuss) Where is the Ted Hughes Society website? Whereas people took Larkin to their hearts.


Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 5:43 pm
by camus
"People don't warm to him as a man though"

Obviously the death of Plath blighted him, and others views of the man. I think Larkin is seen as more of an eccentric - a pervy miserable one, but an eccentric all the same, hence his place in people's hearts. Plus his poetry is certainly more accessible - Days, Church going etc.

Hughes on the other hand - Yorshire born and bred, a man of the moors, has lived up to this wild persona, or is perceived to have. His poetry is often dark, violent, quite stunning - like Cam said "as though he's beating them to death with words."

The more I read The Remains of Elmet, the more fascinated I become.

I can see why Pseud may enjoy him.

Yes Pseud simply brilliant indeed.

I may well post another simply brillaint one by him.