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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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From Prospero to Orpheus

From Prospero to Orpheus

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(p.36) Chapter Two From Prospero to Orpheus
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The Laughter of Foxes
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846310119.003.0002

This chapter examines Hughes' works and his relationship with Plath. The purpose of all serious poetry is to find a shape and meaning in the chaos of experience. For the whole of his career Hughes sought appropriate myths, or adaptations or amalgamations of myths, to help him to place his own life in the context of permanent or recurrent experience in a world larger than the merely human.

Keywords:   Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, poetry, myths

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