Rain-charm for the Duchy: And Other Laureate Poems

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Faber & Faber, Incorporated, 1992 - Poetry - 64 pages
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This is a collection of poems that celebrates royal occasions including the birth of Prince Henry by Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes. --Faber and Faber.

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Review: Rain-Charm for the Duchy: And Other Laureate Poems

User Review  - Jaimie - Goodreads

While the title poem for this collection was quite good, I found the remaining poems to be rather devoid of meaning. The language felt forced, the imagery was often bland or repetitive, and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Jensen - Goodreads

Perhaps I have a blind-spot when it comes to Ted Hughes, but I fail to see the greatness of his poetry especially in this book. Nothing is actually bad, but I failed to become involved. It is ... Read full review

About the author (1992)

Ted Hughes was born on August 17, 1930 in England and attended Cambridge University, where he became interested in anthropology and folklore. These interests would have a profound effect on his poetry. In 1956, Hughes married famed poet Sylvia Plath. He taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1957 until 1959, and he stopped writing altogether for several years after Plath's suicide in 1963. Hughes's poetry is highly marked by harsh and savage language and depictions, emphasizing the animal quality of life. He soon developed a creature called Crow who appeared in several volumes of poetry including A Crow Hymn and Crow Wakes. A creature of mythic proportions, Crow symbolizes the victim, the outcast, and a witness to life and destruction. Hughes's other works also created controversy because of their style, manner, and matter, but he has won numerous honors, including the Somerset Maugham Award in 1960, and the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 1974. His greatest honor came in 1984, when he was named Poet Laureate of England. Ted Hughes died in 1998.

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