Rain-charm for the Duchy: And Other Laureate Poems

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Faber & Faber, 1992 - Poetry - 64 pages
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In 1984, Ted Hughes author of Lupercal and Crow, was made Poet Laureate. This collection of five poems written after his appointment includes depictions of events such as the birth of Prince Harry and the Queen's 60th birthday as examples of his vision of royalty and nationhood.

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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

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

User Review  - 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

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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