- Paperback: 60 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber (January 1, 1968)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571086144
- ISBN-13: 978-0571086146
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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The Hawk in the Rain: Poems Paperback – January 1, 1968
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That said, Hughes' poetry is vivid and full of imagery, but it's hard to shake the feeling that he's trying too hard, that he wants to be provocative. There are certain lines that hit the spot, but there were too few of them and poems in their whole failed to land. Even when he writes about soldiers dying, I see a man measuring out fancy metaphors.
No wonder he was kind of a tool in personal life.
He writes of 'The Thought- Fox' and 'The Jaguar' and 'The Horses'.
I recognize the value of his work and his originality but it is fundamentally not congenial to my interests or my soul.
Here is the opening stanza of his poem 'The Jaguar'
"The apes yawn and adore their fleas in the sun.
The parrots shriek as if they were on fire, or strut
Like cheap tarts to attract the stroller with the nut.
Fatigued with indolence, tiger and lion..."
And its concluding stanza.
"More than to the visionary his cell:
His stride is wildernesses of freedom
The world rolls under the long thrust of his heel.
Over the cage floor the horizons come."
Overall, the poems were too bleak, violent and obviously carefully composed for me to be swept away by them. However, as a debut collection the poems did enough to make me want to read more of Ted Hughes work as he became a mature, more experienced poet.