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Part XXX in an ongoing series introducing serious writers of DUP to the most well-known poets, both classical and modern. Edward James Hughes
( 17 August 1930 – 28 October 1998 ) was an incredibly prolific poet, translator, editor, and children’s book author. He attended Cambridge, where he studied archaeology and anthropology, taking a special interest in myths and legends.
Hughes was married to American poet Sylvia Plath, who encouraged him to submit his manuscript to a first book contest run by The Poetry Center. Awarded first prize, The Hawk in the Rain (1957)
secured Hughes’s reputation as a poet of international stature. He went on to be appointed Poet Laureate in 1984, as well as the Order of Merit, one of Britain’s highest honors.
According to poet and critic Robert B. Shaw, Hughes’s poetry signaled a dramatic departure from the prevailing modes of the period. The stereotypical poem of the time was determined not to risk too much: politely domestic in its subject matter, understated and mildly ironic in style. By contrast, Hughes marshaled a language of nearly Shakespearean resonance to explore themes which were mythic and elemental.
For more information regarding Hughes, please visit the Poetry Foundation: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/ted-hughes Guidelines
Write a new
Poem honoring Hughes inspired by any one of his poems.
While you are allowed a maximum of 2 entries, only the best of your entries is considered viable for the trophy.
Do your best to make us feel as though we are reading poems by Hughes. The more we feel you "capturing his essence" in "your own words" , the higher you will score. This will involve choice of wording, delivery, subject material, formatting, target audience - a wide range of factors.
Do NOT copy paste your poem to the competition, it must be linked to your page with the below information. The Rules
1. Two entries per DUP persona.
2. No erotica; this is open to all ages and can't be viewed with an ECW ( Extreme Content Warning ).
3. No exact word limit; however, attempt to keep it no more than 250 - 300.
4. Any form is acceptable ( but studying the poet is advised ).
5. You must tag your entries with the theme #TedHughes
6. In your poem's notes, provide a link and a title to the very poem by Hughes that inspired yours. Without such, we have no way of determining if you were truly inspired by Hughes or simply swapped fresh words into his existing poetry ( which is a form of plagiarism ).
Comp will be judged by Ahavati & JohnnyBlaze. As in the past and in the event there is a tie, we will call in third ( and possibly fourth ) judge.
You have one month; best of luck to all entrants!