Analysis Of Ted Hughes 's Writing And Cast A Shadow On His Career

1948 Words Mar 4th, 2016 8 Pages
After much convincing from his first wife, Sylvia Plath, British poet Ted Hughes entered a poetry contest at Cambridge; he won first prize. The recognition launched his professional career in poetry, leading critics to recognize Hughes as one of the giants of Postmodernism. His poetry helped shape the twentieth-century’s Postmodern era, characterized by the employment of black humor and fragmentation. This era consisted of cynical sentiments and responses to World War II and poets had doubts that “new” ideas still existed and that every work would be a revision or different perspective on past writers’ pieces. Hughes pioneered in the Postmodern era due to his uniquely unrestricted style of writing, in which he utilized mythical themes and imitated Shakespearean style. Hughes’ breadth of influence expanded after he was appointed the British Poet Laureate in 1984. However, the controversy surrounding the suicides of his first two wives, including the esteemed poet Sylvia Plath, discredited his authority in Postmodern literature. Although these catastrophic events created a pause in Hughes’ writing and cast a shadow on his career as a poet, his ironic, mocking, intense writing morphed the Postmodern era and influenced writers to come.
Ted Hughes’ childhood and adolescent years helped influence and eventually define his poetic style. Hughes was born in Yorkshire on August 17, 1930. Hughes was well-educated and well-rounded, as he attended the Mexborough Grammar School, the…

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