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Mon, Feb. 19th, 2007, 10:38 am
opheliablue: Ted Hughes Footage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18DdJO9Lg-s - YouTube 8/9 minute thing with interviews with Ted Hughes - has him reading 'The Thought Fox.'

Mon, Feb. 19th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)

oh. this is perfect. thank you
i don't think i'd ever seen him before like that. . .soft and gentle almost.
his poems don't read that way in my mind.
what a treat. again, thank you.

Mon, Feb. 19th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)

You're welcome!

If you haven't heard it, there's an audio tape you can get called 'By Heart: 101 Poems to Remember.' It has an introduction with him talking about what he thinks the best ways are to memorise a poem, then he reads 101 poems (not his, there's a brilliant mixture of stuff on there). It's really worth it - is 2 tapes and he has such a great voice for reading poetry. I think there's a book of it, too, but the tape would be better. I don't think it's on the US Amazon site.

I was surprised the first time I heard him reading because he sounded a lot 'smaller' somehow than I had thought he would. He sounds so different from what I imagine, like here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/poetry/outloud/hughes.shtml (you need realplayer) to hear that I think.

There's a clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8kvmXvR1pU of Frieda Hughes accepting the Whitbread award for 'Birthday Letters' the year after he died. The bit of his letter she reads is interesting.