Waxworks: Poems

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Harper Collins, Feb 4, 2003 - Poetry - 112 pages
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New terrain is marked in Frieda Hughes's brilliant new collection, Waxworks. In it, Hughes has conceived and created a kind of poetic wax museum. She peoples it with figures from myth and legend, the Bible and world history, the famous and the infamous.

Diverse personalities, such as Rasputin and Cinderella, Medea and Lazarus, Houdini and Lady Macbeth, have been reborn of their old selves in Waxworks. Hughes imbues them with new life in contemporary terms; they experience the universal truths of love and pain and vanity that affect us all. As this volume proves, Hughes never flinches from difficult subjects and experiences.

Like Wooroloo, Frieda Hughes's debut collection, the poems of Waxworks will haunt a reader's imagination.

 

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In her third volume of poetry (after Wooroloo), Hughes revises the figures of literary tradition, creating wax images of Lady Macbeth, Sisyphus, Merlin, Job, Lazarus, Satan, and others of our ... Read full review

Contents

Lady Macbeth
28
Cinderella
29
Jezebel
30
Loki
32
Judas
34
Malvolio
36
Hippolytus
37
Durga
38

Narcissus
16
Samson
17
Sibyl
18
Rumpelstiltskin
20
Thor
22
Sisyphus
24
Houdini
25
Simeon
26
Malchus
27
Romulus and Remus
40
Merlin
42
43
43
Nebuchadnezzar
46
Sweeney Todd
48
Salome
49
Vlad the Impaler
50
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Born in London in 1960, Frieda Hughes is a poet, an award-winning painter, and the author of seven books for children. Her poems have appeared in many leading publications, including, among others, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The London Magazine, The Spectator, The Times, Tatler, Thumbscrew, and Agenda. Her first collection of poetry, Wooroloo, received a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.

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