Sean O’Brien is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and is Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. His most recent publications are Cousin Coat: Selected Poems 1976–2001 and his verse version of Aristophanes’ The Birds, which was staged in 2002 at the National Theatre in London. (October 2003)

IN THE REVIEW

Among the Creatures

Selected Poems, 1957-1994

by Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes (1930–1998) was a prolific writer, but in his last ten years he published a torrent of work—Tales from Ovid; translations of Lorca’s Blood Wedding and Wedekind’s Spring Awakening; Rain-Charm for the Duchy, which contains the verse he wrote as poet laureate; his immense critical book Shakespeare and the …