Ted Hughes
Thrushes by Ted Hughes

Thrushes by Ted Hughes

Terrifying are the attent sleek thrushes on the lawn, More coiled steel than living - a poised Dark deadly eye, those delicate legs Triggered to stirrings beyond sense - with a ...

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Wind by Ted Hughes

Wind by Ted Hughes

This house has been far out at sea all night, The woods crashing through darkness, the booming hills, Winds stampeding the fields under the window Floundering black astride and ...

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Work And Play by Ted Hughes

Work And Play by Ted Hughes

The swallow of summer, she toils all the summer, A blue-dark knot of glittering voltage, A whiplash swimmer, a fish of the air. But the serpent of cars that crawls through the ...

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Thistles by Ted Hughes

Thistles by Ted Hughes

Against the rubber tongues of cows and the hoeing hands of men Thistles spike the summer air And crackle open under a blue-black pressure. Every one a revengeful burst Of ...

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The Warm And The Cold by Ted Hughes

The Warm And The Cold by Ted Hughes

Freezing dusk is closing Like a slow trap of steel On trees and roads and hills and all That can no longer feel. But the carp is in its depth Like a planet in its heaven. ...

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The Thought-Fox by Ted Hughes

The Thought-Fox by Ted Hughes

I imagine this midnight moment's forest: Something else is alive Beside the clock's loneliness And this blank page where my fingers move. Through the window I see no star: ...

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The Seven Sorrows by Ted Hughes

The Seven Sorrows by Ted Hughes

The first sorrow of autumn Is the slow goodbye Of the garden who stands so long in the evening- A brown poppy head, The stalk of a lily, And still cannot go. The second ...

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The Owl by Ted Hughes

The Owl by Ted Hughes

I saw my world again through your eyes As I would see it again through your children's eyes. Through your eyes it was foreign. Plain hedge hawthorns were peculiar aliens, A ...

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The Minotaur by Ted Hughes

The Minotaur by Ted Hughes

The mahogany table-top you smashed Had been the broad plank top Of my mother's heirloom sideboard- Mapped with the scars of my whole life. That came under the hammer. That ...

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The Harvest Moon by Ted Hughes

The Harvest Moon by Ted Hughes

The flame-red moon, the harvest moon, Rolls along the hills, gently bouncing, A vast balloon, Till it takes off, and sinks upward To lie on the bottom of the sky, like a gold ...

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September by Ted Hughes

September by Ted Hughes

We sit late, watching the dark slowly unfold: No clock counts this. When kisses are repeated and the arms hold There is no telling where time is. It is midsummer: the leaves ...

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Relic by Ted Hughes

Relic by Ted Hughes

I found this jawbone at the sea's edge: There, crabs, dogfish, broken by the breakers or tossed To flap for half an hour and turn to a crust Continue the beginning. The deeps ...

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Pike by Ted Hughes

Pike by Ted Hughes

Pike, three inches long, perfect Pike in all parts, green tigering the gold. Killers from the egg: the malevolent aged grin. They dance on the surface among the flies. Or ...

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Old Age Gets Up by Ted Hughes

Old Age Gets Up by Ted Hughes

Stirs its ashes and embers, its burnt sticks An eye powdered over, half melted and solid again Ponders Ideas that collapse At the first touch of attention The light at ...

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Macaw And Little Miss by Ted Hughes

Macaw And Little Miss by Ted Hughes

In a cage of wire-ribs The size of a man's head, the macaw bristles in a staring Combustion, suffers the stoking devils of his eyes. In the old lady's parlour, where an ...

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Lovesong by Ted Hughes

Lovesong by Ted Hughes

He loved her and she loved him. His kisses sucked out her whole past and future or tried to He had no other appetite She bit him she gnawed him she sucked She wanted him ...

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Lineage by Ted Hughes

Lineage by Ted Hughes

In the beginning was Scream Who begat Blood Who begat Eye Who begat Fear Who begat Wing Who begat Bone Who begat Granite Who begat Violet Who begat Guitar Who begat Sweat ...

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How To Paint A Water Lily by Ted Hughes

How To Paint A Water Lily by Ted Hughes

To Paint a Water Lily A green level of lily leaves Roofs the pond's chamber and paves The flies' furious arena: study These, the two minds of this lady. First observe ...

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Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes

Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes

I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed. Inaction, no falsifying dream Between my hooked head and hooked feet: Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat. The ...

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Full Moon And Little Frieda by Ted Hughes

Full Moon And Little Frieda by Ted Hughes

A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a bucket - And you listening. A spider's web, tense for the dew's touch. A pail lifted, still and brimming - mirror ...

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Examination At The Womb-Door by Ted Hughes

Examination At The Womb-Door by Ted Hughes

Who owns those scrawny little feet?    Death. Who owns this bristly scorched-looking face?    Death. Who owns these still-working lungs?    Death. Who owns this utility coat of ...

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Daffodils by Ted Hughes

Daffodils by Ted Hughes

Remember how we picked the daffodils? Nobody else remembers, but I remember. Your daughter came with her armfuls, eager and happy, Helping the harvest. She has forgotten. She ...

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Crow’s Nerve Fails by Ted Hughes

Crow’s Nerve Fails by Ted Hughes

Crow, feeling his brain slip, Finds his every feather the fossil of a murder. Who murdered all these? These living dead, that root in his nerves and his blood Till he is ...

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Crow’s Fall by Ted Hughes

Crow’s Fall by Ted Hughes

When Crow was white he decided the sun was too white. He decided it glared much too whitely. He decided to attack it and defeat it. He got his strength up flush and in full ...

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Relic by Ted Hughes

Relic by Ted Hughes

The text of this poem could not be published because of Copyright laws.

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