This collection of sixteen articles, written by leading specialists in Classical and English literature, is an important contribution to the critical assessment of Ted Hughes, one of the most popular and controversial English poets of the late 20th century. The chapters are arranged broadly chronologically according to Hughes's publications, and deal with different aspects of his engagement with the culture and literature of ancient Greece and Rome, including
translations, original works, classical thought, and ideologies in his drama and verse. Hughes is revealed as a leading figure in literary reception of the Classics in 20th century poetry, a sharply intelligent and sensitive reader of some of the world's foundational texts.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 364
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 223 x 144 x 24 mm
for Hughes' fans this will be a useful, even a groundbreaking volume; for reception theorists there are some fascinating individual readings * Simon Goldhill, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
This book deserves a warm welcome, and should certainly be in all good libraries * David Hopkins, Translation and Literature *