Ted Hughes: 6 Poems from "River"

Human Voices Wake Us

08-02-2024 • 43 mins

An episode from 2/7/24: Tonight, I read six poems from Ted Hughes's 1983 collection, River. His books Crow, Moortown Diary, Remains of Elmet, and River contain his best poetry, and they are models for any artist in how handle nature, animal life, myth, and autobiography in their work. The poems that I read from River are:

  • October Salmon (the audio of Hughes reading the poem comes from here)
  • Four March Watercolours
  • Salmon Eggs
  • An August Salmon
  • The River
  • In the Dark Violin of the Valley

This is a revision and complete re-recording of an episode first posted in September of 2021, which included only three poems. I've used the opportunity to also read from Jonathan Bate's biography of Hughes, Hughes's later notes to the book, as well as handful of letters he wrote about the collection.

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