Crows, Loss and a Violent Melancholia

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Oct 24, 201813m
Crows, Loss and a Violent Melancholia
Oct 24 '1813m
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Poet Karen McCarthy Woolf on finding solace in Hughes' work during a troubled childhood. To her his books were more a mood: a dark and brooding presence but one that resonated. That subconscious memory left a deep and metaphorical imprint that has infused her own work in its relationships with landscape, loss and grief. It's 20 years this month since the death of Ted Hughes, we are still arguing about his legacy. In a new series of the Radio 3 Essay, leading poets bring a sharp eye to the poems themselves, reminding us why Hughes is regarded as one of the Twentieth Century's greatest writers, and exploring how the works match up to, inform and contradict what we know of the man. Recorded before a live audience at the BBC's Contains Strong Language Festival in Hull. Written and read by Karen McCarthy Woolf Produced by Simon Richardson

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