Moortown has many of the qualities of a Collected Poems: size, scope, stylistic variety, and contents drawn from a long period — it goes back as far as 1963 for one piece, ‘Heatwave’. Despite this, it is not heterogeneous. Hughes has arranged the poems into a progression: the collection begins with man in working relationship with the earth, moves through an exploration of the quality and types of human consciousness and perception, which questions and tests that relationship, to a reaffirmation of it at a higher level. The movement is that of Baskin’s spiral serpent lifting matter into spirit.
KeywordsHuman Consciousness Female Figure Fresh Start Male Figure Wild Duck
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