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The Laughter of FoxesA Study of Ted Hughes$
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Keith Sagar

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310119

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313479

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The Mythic Imagination

The Mythic Imagination

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(p.1) Chapter One The Mythic Imagination
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The Laughter of Foxes
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846310119.003.0001

This chapter focuses on the mythic nature of Hughes' imagination. It argues that Hughes' imaginative world was deeply mythic, in the sense of both drawing on the body of myth we have inherited and spontaneously creating new myths, or new expressions of the primal myths. It describes some of the more common and central paradigms in relation to Hughes, including the Goddess, the hero as criminal, and going naked.

Keywords:   myth, Ted Hughes, healing power, paradigms, Goddess, criminal, naked

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