Published in Ted Hughes’s first collection, ‘The Thought Fox’ is a poem as much about poetic inspiration as it is a vivid impression of the animal. Here, Professor Neil Roberts explores the poem’s use of allusion, imagery and rhyme.
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For me at least, poets describe their angst so much more easily in words than a painter can ..this conversation above about Ted Hughes Thought Fox is an example of that. How we take the initial words as a descriptor of the Fox but in reality we are really reading about Ted's angst and ultimate joy at creating...despite the turgidity of academic study...mmm does an art degree liberate you into creativity or stifle it...Many years ago now maybe 20 or so I did a sequence of paintings based around Ted Hughes work and its something that I am keen to return to....not so much as an illustration more as a commentary on my own work as it takes place.