A Study of Human and Animal Imagery in the Poems of Ted Hughes

Authors

  • Kumar Chandrahas Research Scholar, P. G. Department of English, Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur, Bihar, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i11.10839

Keywords:

Man, Animal, Images, Mind, Nature, Life.

Abstract

Ted Hughes (1930-1998) began his career as a poet with the publication of The Hawk in the Rain in 1957. He was labelled as “an animal poet”. The cause of disintegration in modern man is his cutting from the elemental nature of his own. Modern man appears to be Yeats’s ‘falcon’ (Yeats, line 2) that goes on decentring himself without cognition and getting absent-minded of the life-force, ‘the elemental power circuit of the universe’. Science and technology lead to reasoning, and reasoning leads to scepticism, and scepticism creeps into human brain (the egg-head) and causes man to question the validity of spirituality and morality. It is this which has been focussed in this article.

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References

Brandes, Rand. “Ted Hughes: Crow”, A Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry, edited by Neil Roberts, New Jersey: Blackwell Publishing, 2001, pp. 526.

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Hughes, Ted. Collected Poems, London: Faber and Faber, edited by Paul Keegan, pp. 133.

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Hughes, Ted. The Hawk in the Rain, London: Faber and Faber, 1968.

Hughes, Ted. Winter Pollen, London: Faber and Faber, 1994, pp. 129.

Yeats, W.B. “The Second Coming.” The Faber Book of Modern Verse, edited by Michael Roberts, 4th ed, London: Faber and Faber, 1982, pp. 77.

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Published

2020-11-30

How to Cite

Chandrahas, K. . (2020). A Study of Human and Animal Imagery in the Poems of Ted Hughes. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 8(11), 117-123. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i11.10839