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Work and Play by Ted Hughes

October 26th 2008 02:29
Work and Play
by Ted Hughes


ted hughes poet
Ted Hughes (1930-1998)


The swallow of summer, she toils all the summer,
A blue-dark knot of glittering voltage,
A whiplash swimmer, a fish of the air.
But the serpent of cars that crawls through the dust
In shimmering exhaust
Searching to slake
Its fever in ocean
Will play and be idle or else it will bust.

The swallow of summer, the barbed harpoon,
She flings from the furnace, a rainbow of purples,
Dips her glow in the pond and is perfect.
But the serpent of cars that collapsed on the beach
Disgorges its organs
A scamper of colours
Which roll like tomatoes
Nude as tomatoes
With sand in their creases
To cringe in the sparkle of rollers and screech.

The swallow of summer, the seamstress of summer,
She scissors the blue into shapes and she sews it,
She draws a long thread and she knots it at the corners.
But the holiday people
Are laid out like wounded
Flat as in ovens
Roasting and basting
With faces of torment as space burns them blue
Their heads are transistors
Their teeth grit on sand grains
Their lost kids are squalling
While man-eating flies
Jab electric shock needles but what can they do?

They can climb in their cars with raw bodies, raw faces
And start up the serpent
And headache it homeward
A car full of squabbles
And sobbing and stickiness
With sand in their crannies
Inhaling petroleum
That pours from the foxgloves
While the evening swallow
The swallow of summer, cartwheeling through crimson,
Touches the honey-slow river and turning
Returns to the hand stretched from under the eaves -
A boomerang of rejoicing shadow.


Review In Poem By Dexter

Man versus nature,
An order of design,
Polluting a wilderness,
Leaving fauna and flora to wonder.

Idle dreams abandoned,
A life balance,
Recreational slavery,
Relaxing labour.

To visit, not exist,
In a forest of trees and creatures,
Between work and play.

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Comment by Anonymous

April 18th 2010 15:59
What does he mean by saying 'She flings from the furnace,' ?

Comment by Anonymous

June 27th 2012 21:22
Wasnt too helpful but well written

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