Ted Hughes: <em>Gaudete</em>

Ted Hughes: Gaudete (hardback)

Ted Hughes: <em>Gaudete</em>

Ted Hughes: Gaudete

Gaudete

Author: Hughes, Ted

Published by Faber & Faber, 1977
US ed.: Harper & Row, 1977

Gaudete tells the story of Reverend Lumb who is abducted by spirits into the underworld. His place on earth is taken by a double made of an oak log. The main part of the poems narrates the story of this double who, for one thing, transforms the local Women's Institute into a coven.

The "Epilogue" of the book presents poems written by the 'real' Lumb upon his return from the underworld.

Gaudete
is an engaging little book, beautifully narrated.

See also the recording "The Poetry and Voice of Ted Hughes", which contains a reading of some poems from the Epilogue to Gaudete.
Moortown and some of the recordings from the 1970s collect poems from the Epilogue context (Orts/Lumbs Remains).

Contents:

Note: Gaudete contains a prose introduction, a main body of narrative poems, and, after another short narrative, an epilogue of poems.The "Argument", which prefaces the prologue was expanded for the 1978 edition.

  • Argument [Prose]
  • Prologue
  • Binoculars
  • In his hardening lenses
  • Hagen is striding
  • A mile away
  • Pauline Hagen
  • Again
  • Mrs Westlake
  • The scherzo
  • But still the enraged
  • In Estridge's lens
  • Lumb
  • The Bridge Inn bar
  • Doctor Westlake
  • Mrs Holroyd
  • Garten
  • Maud
  • Behind the bar
  • Mrs Garten
  • Estridge's younger daughter Jennifer
  • Dr Westlake
  • Lumb
  • Westlake's grey Daimler
  • Betty
  • Garten
  • Felicity
  • Maud
  • Mrs Davies
  • The Alsatian
  • Felicity
  • Lumb
  • Garten
  • Lumb
  • Garten
  • Lumb's eyes
  • Garten
  • Evans
  • Maud
  • Garten
  • Maud
  • Felicity
  • The Cathedral
  • Felicity
  • Holroyd
  • Estridge
  • Estridge and Evans
  • Garten
  • Women
  • Maud
  • Lumb
  • Maud
  • In the Bar at the Bridge Inn
  • Lumb
  • Estridge
  • Maud
  • The one glance
  • Easy and strong

 Epilogue section

  • Epilogue [Prose]
  • "What will you make of half a man …"
  • "I hear your congregations at their rapture …"
  • "Who are you? …"
  • "At the top of my soul …"
  • "The lark sizzles in my ear …"
  • "I watched a wise beetle …"
  • "In a world where all is temporary …"
  • "Collision with the earth has finally come – …"
  • "Trying to be a leaf …"
  • "I heard the screech, sudden – …"
  • "Once I said lightly …"
  • "Music, that eats people …"
  • "The rain comes again …"
  • "This is the maneater's skull …"
  • "I see the oak's bride in the oak's grasp …"
  • "She rides the earth …"
  • "The huntsmen, on top of their swaying horse-towers …"
  • "A primrose petal's edge …"
  • "Waving goodbye, from your banked hospital bed …"
  • "I Said goodbye to earth …"
  • "The swallow – rebuilding – …"
  • "The night wind, muscled with rain …"
  • "The viper fell from the sun …"
  • "A doctor extracted …"
  • "The coffin, spurred by its screws …"
  • "The grass blade is not without …"
  • "Churches topple …"
  • "I know well …"
  • "The sun, like a cold kiss in the street – …"
  • "Sometimes it comes, a gloomy flap of lightning …"
  • "Having first given away pleasure – …"
  • "Looking for her form …"
  • "A man hangs on …"
  • "When the still-soft eyelid sank again …"
  • "The sea grieves all night long …"
  • "Hearing your moan echo, I chill. I shiver …"
  • "Faces lift out of the earth …"
  • "I skin the skin …"
  • "What steel was it the river poured …"
  • "Calves harshly parted from their mamas …"
  • "A bang – a burning – …"
  • "The dead man lies, marching here and there …"
  • "Every day the world gets simply …"
  • "Your tree – your oak …"
  • "Glare out of just crumpled grass – …"