Ted Hughes: <em>Under the North Star</em>

Ted Hughes: Under the North Star

Under the North Star

Author: Hughes, Ted

Publisher: Faber & Faber, 1981
US ed.: Viking 1981

Illustrated by Leonard Baskin

Under the North Star collects poems on animals who live north of the 49th parallel. It is a very beautiful book. The illustrations are in water-colour. Aiming at children it will hold much for the adult reader, and indeed several of its poems have subsequently appeared in collections for adults.

See also Season Songs and What is the Truth?

Selections were also published in The Iron Wolf (Faber & Faber, 1995) and on the Faber/Penguin Audio Tape Nessie the Mannerless Monster and The Iron Wolf.


  • Amulet [originally published as a limited ed. in 1970, also in Moon-Bells and Crow Wakes; sometimes considered to be a Crow poem]
  • The Loon
  • The Wolverine
  • The Snowy Owl
  • The Black Bear
  • An Evening Seal
  • The Muskellunge
  • A Lynx
  • The Snow-Shoe Hare
  • Woodpecker
  • The Musk-Ox
  • The Heron
  • The Grizzly Bear [= "I See a Bear" in Moon-Bells and Crow Wakes]
  • Brooktrout
  • The Wendigo
  • The Osprey
  • Mooses
  • The Arctic Fox
  • Puma
  • Skunk
  • Goose
  • Wolf [= "The Iron Wolf"]
  • The Mosquito
  • Eagle