Keith Sagar (ed.): <em>The Achievement of Ted Hughes</em>

Keith Sagar (ed.): The Achievement of Ted Hughes

The Achievement of Ted Hughes (Unpublished Poems)

Author: Hughes, Ted;
ed.: Sagar, Keith

Published by Manchester University Press, 1983

Though a collection of critical pieces on Hughes, the book contains thirty uncollected poems.

The Table of Contents gives the following list (Dates in brackets are dates of composition supplied by Ted Hughes; dates of first publication in square brackets; 'unpublished' refers to the time of publication of The Achievement of Ted Hughes):

  • "The Little Boys and the Seasons" (1954)
  • "Quest" (1957)
  • "Lines to a Newborn Baby" (1960)
  • "White Elite Lotus" (1963)
  • "Crow Wakes" (1964)
  • "Small Events" (1965)
  • "The Brother's Dream" (1965-6)
  • "Birdsong" (1966)
  • "Fighting for Jerusalem" (1966)

    Uncollected Crow poems:
  • "Song of Woe" (1967)
  • "Existential Song" (1967)
  • "Anecdote" (1968)
  • "Crow Fails" (1968), Unpublished
  • "Crow Compromises" (1968), Unpublished
  • "A Lucky Folly" (1968)
  • "A Crow Hymn" (1968)
  • "Bones" (1969)
  • "Song Against the White Owl" [1970]
  • "Snow Song" [1970]
  • "Crow's Song About God" [1971]
  • "Crow's Song About England" [1971]
  • "The New World" [1972]
  • "An Alchemy [1973]
  • "The Lamentable History of the Human Calf [1975]

    Unpublished Cave Birds poems
  • "The Advocate", Unpublished
  • "Two Dreams in the Cell", Unpublished
  • "Your Mother's Bones Wanted to Speak", Unpublished
  • "She is the Rock", Unpublished

    Two poems originally intended for Adam and the Sacred Nine
  • "Light" [1976]
  • "Skin" [1976]

See also The Hawk in the Rain, Lupercal, Wodwo, Crow, Cave Birds and Moortown.