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Wolfwatching Hardcover – January 1, 1991

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Reading Hughes is like visiting a zoo envisioned by Hieronymus Bosch: we're caught between fright and fascination. But for all its terror and strangeness, the menagerie is a real one, its livid grandeur less a product of the imagination than of primal forces of survival--"Sculpted, as are all God's creatures, by hunger." Who but Hughes would describe a horse as "a top-heavy, twangling half ton/ On the stilts of an insect," or characterize the human soul as "A strange thing, with rickets--a hyena"? A retelling of the story of Adam, "Take What You Want But Pay for It," nearly wrenches itself from the page. In his 60th year, England's poet laureate refuses to mellow, dissecting fear and malevolence with an ever sharper blade. His new collection will no doubt cause more than one aspiring poet to cast their pens down in frustration and despair.
- Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"The poetry of Ted Hughes has brought us, in the most exact sense, closer to nature, its complete workings, than any English poet we can think of, including Clare and Hardy. Not because it is brutal, but because it is brutal and bright; otherwise all we would have would be morose accuracy, the diray of a depressed naturalist. [Wolfwatching] is a poetry of exultation."--Derek Walcott, The Weekend Telegraph

"Wolfwatching represents Ted Hughes at his informal best."--The Times (London)

"For Hughes the English language is not so much a tool as an arsenal. . . . Time and again in Wolfwatching it is moving to watch him use verbal weapons, his clashing and meshing sound clusters, to plead for a collective clemency toward animals, a grown child's forgiveness for unhappy parents, a soldier's forgetfulness of battle."--Mary Jo Salter, The New Republic
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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