Ted Hughes

The Surreal Thing

Photo Credit: The Treachery of Images by Rene Magriite / Photo by Jason ford (Sur)reality TV: Andre Breton, self-appointed (or self-anointed) Grand Poobah of the Surrealist Movement and author of its manifesto, was the kind of kid who would take his ball and go home whenever the other children balked at his <...

Confession May Be Good for the Soul, But Is It Good For Poetry?

We could argue till the monkeys finally type out Hamlet about whether or not the so-called Confessional Poets--Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, et al--deserve Cover Art: Sylvia Plath: A Critical Studythat title, and whether or not they are to blame for the widespread notion that the writing of poetry is primarily a therapeutic endeavor practiced by angry and/or melancholic adolescents, and those who want “to get in touch with their true feelings.” Don’t get me wrong here --I’m all in favor of folks getting in touch with their feelings (just not before 10am on weekends), and I’...
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