Ted Hughes’ Poetry

So I’m guessing you ended up here because you chose to study Ted Hughes’ poetry for your A level exams (You unfortunate/lucky soul!)

Here are a few tips:

  1. Please read up about Hughes life as much as you can. The more biographies, the better. His life has (understandably,) had a huge impact on the content of his poetry, and very often one finds that he has spoken about (and inadvertently analysed,) his own poetry, making our work a lot easier.
  2. Make a mind-map of all the themes in his poetry.
  3. Under the themes, list all the poems that fall into that category. This is important because the exam often asks us to use two or more poems in order to analyse his writing.

With this helpful information, and the annotated poems + essays that are coming soon, I hope you manage to get that A* (yeah, right).

Here are some things to look out for in my essays/notes.

  • New vocabulary will be indicated by a number in superscript and a footnote.
  • Literary devices will be underlined and explained below the poem (unless I’m feeling lazy).
  • Bibliography or random information will be indicated by an asterisk and a footnote.



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