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Sort order. Sep 05, Billy O'Callaghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. Even though I write fiction, a lot of what I choose to read is poetry, because I find that it really heightens my awareness of language. The poetry of Ted Hughes just touches me right and I always keep one or another of his collections near to hand. Particular favourites of mine include 'Crow' and 'River', and I have a certain fondness for 'Gaudete', but 'Moortown Diary' is probably the collection that I'd select if I were ever limited to just one.
His imagery in this book, while at times quite b Even though I write fiction, a lot of what I choose to read is poetry, because I find that it really heightens my awareness of language. No writer I can think of at least not in the last fifty years has written better about weather and land and the violent aspects of nature. Jun 16, CuriousBookReviewer rated it really liked it. Curiosity level: Shocking poetry Ted Hughes is all guts and glory!
He wastes no words for niceties in his poetry, and cuts straight to the point without apology! Vivid, brutal and real, he writes about daily life on the farm death of calves, goats mating, bulls and ravens. And if, like me, you looked at the cover and thought that this book is all farmy and fuzzy, you're sorely mistaken!
In "Dehorning", Hughes describes the dehorning of a bull: " The purple crowned cattle What I didn't like about it: the poems became too repetitive themewise despite their vivacity in descriptions. I guess farm life can be pretty rut like?
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Standalone poems would fare much better than in a collection too many similar poems to stomach in one shot! Jun 26, Millstone rated it it was ok. Difficult to review a collection of poems when you enjoy some a lot and others not so much. It's largely a question of which ones you remember at the time of writing - which may be the last couple if you've spread them out a bit.
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All I would say is that if you read this set without knowing who wrote them you might not guess how eminent their writer was. Well, I wouldn't. Your sense of eminence might be finely tuned than mine. Nov 12, Monica rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. This is beautiful, but shockingly grim, poetry where nature, birth, dying and death are made the centre of existence. Wholesome reading for an increasingly urbanised cultural elite?
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Dec 21, Lucy rated it it was amazing. Having experienced much of what he's poeticized here, I found this collection wonderfully and shudderingly evocative. He was a marvellous writer. Dec 02, Colin rated it it was amazing Shelves: colin-read , colin-read A truly special book - the sort of book that you want to award six stars too, let alone five. In Moortown Diary Ted Hughes records in what he describes as 'notes' the day to day experiences of life on his Devon farm in the s.
The immediacy of the record most of the poems in this collection were written within hours of the events they describe and the intensity of the lived experience compressed into this remarkable writing is stunning. Visceral and shocking, beautiful and horrific by turns A truly special book - the sort of book that you want to award six stars too, let alone five. Visceral and shocking, beautiful and horrific by turns this collection is a real discovery and I can't quite believe that I haven't discovered it before now.
Nov 22, Ryan Williams rated it it was amazing. I don't think putting Ted Hughes back in touch with real animals in a real place was the worst thing for his career.
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No mythological smog here. The 'ordinary' business of farming, as revealed in these poems, is not for the squeamish or prissy. The collection as a whole put a charge back into Hughes' writing that had been largely absent from the 70s onwards. Aug 06, Phillippa Mills added it.