Introduction: Hughes and Heidegger
This book attempts to trace the main stages, so far as they are reflected in the chronology of his trade editions, of Ted Hughes’ pursuit of a redefinition of human maturity in our time. It looks at his criticisms of some of the available, orthodox models of thinking, feeling and action, at his sense of what they ignore or exclude, and at the progression of artistic strategies Hughes has developed to describe and engender the creative conjunction of excluder and excluded. The progression is as interesting as the thought itself, and all references are therefore to the first English trade edition of Hughes’ works (see p. ix); the book is divided into four parts corresponding to phases in Hughes’ development. Quotation has been kept to a necessary minimum.*
KeywordsHuman Maturity Automatic Imitation Artistic Strategy Impersonal Passivity Orthodox Model
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