Ted Hughes and the Goddess of Complete Being
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Tom Paulin is a poet and critic. Literature and literary criticism , William Shakespeare. There is a particular type of literary criticism — these days very rare — that aims to exist intensely as bravura performance, dramatic spectacle. It would be pointless to object that the performing critic is merely a rhetorician engaged in digging and falling into a subjective pit of empty images, further descriptions, meaningless or questionable value-judgments. Go back over the text and much of it seems to have melted into a series of repetitive rhetorical gestures that are all dead letter, not living spirit. I will venture to say, that no one but a pedant ever read his own works regularly through. They are not his — they are become mere words, waste-paper, and have none of the glow, the creative enthusiasm, the vehemence, and natural spirit with which he wrote them.