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Ted Hughes

(1930 - 1998 / West Yorkshire / England)

Lovesong


He loved her and she loved him.
His kisses sucked out her whole past and future or tried to
He had no other appetite
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  • * Sunprincess * (6/18/2014 3:58:00 PM)

    .........all the ingredients are here for an explosive... and dangerous type of love.....which usually leads to a crime of passion.....with someone having bullets through their head..... (Report) Reply

  • David Preece (1/22/2014 10:37:00 PM)

    The text of this poem could not be published because of Copyright laws.

    ? ? ? what does this mean? ? ? is there any point looking for any 20th century poems? (Report) Reply

  • Brian Edwards (5/7/2008 1:40:00 AM)

    The graphic interplay of sex, love, comedy and violence is an English tradition that runs from Shakespeare to Morrissey. Hughes mines both the light and dark of love, finding menace in the most simple acts ('His kisses sucked out her whole past') and unearths humour amidst the carnage ('lopped melon') . For me, the poem's greatest strength is the sense of movement you feel as you read. Passage through the poem mirrors the passage through a relationship: from the passionate kisses of youth, the lovers are chewed up and spat out into a shared double bed, wearing each others' faces, and probably matching pajamas. To misquote John Lennon, love is something that happens when you're busy making other plans'. Or as Doctorow writes elsewhere, 'the sense is of running downhill too fast'. (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Vylinsky (10/21/2007 1:02:00 PM)

    That full stop shouldn't be there indeed. But I think it somehow underlines the words about their love, markes them out. Without the first line the whole verse becomes the senseless SM-abracadabra. So it's quite reasonable to make them noticeable in this way. Even if this is a mistake of formatting, it is an apropriate mistake indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Ian Rudd (10/6/2007 6:07:00 AM)

    I love this poem. However, the formatting of this submitted poem is wrong. There should not be a full stop at the end of the first line. (Report) Reply

  • James Niles (8/14/2007 11:41:00 AM)

    Any cruelty here consists of commenting on the poet rather than the poem, and nobody commits another person's suicide.

    More than that, I have been unable to get this poem out of my mind, the agony and the wonder of pure chemistry. Who has not had a relationship like this or had one that evolved into this? On one hand the agony is immense but the ecstacy more so, such that you will accept any amount of toxicity, ignoring the good sense of self, friends and family for years or even unto death. (Report) Reply

  • Ryan Heap (8/9/2007 9:36:00 PM)

    Ted hughes is a tool who closed the oven door on a greater poet's head. (Report) Reply

  • Naveed Akram (6/20/2007 3:05:00 PM)

    Lovesong is an original poem in my view, for the reasons can be numerous. It uses the third person in an imaginative way. It begins well and with distinction, giving us a list of lovely statements, giving us an exercise of love, just like a song of love.
    What I like about ‘Lovesong’ is that the language is spectacular in its common usage of terminology, the very words employed to describe a good love affair. It is clever to show the two lovers in the right permutation and also combination! The stanza breaks still are perfect, and they are sound.
    It is useful of him to use alliteration in such a marvellous manner. The repetition is intelligent, and keeps coolness and structure.
    The metaphor has much demonstration in this poem. In my opinion it is special to end a poem with such words as ‘In the morning they wore each other’s face’, because it shows how faithful they have been in their whole life. Thus a song has been a song - a lovesong. (Report) Reply

  • Original Unknown Girl (1/29/2007 8:40:00 AM)

    I adore this poem, it has to be Ted's best write (IMHO) . I have to agree that it's all there, the passion, the pain, the intensity, the love, the all-consuming-ness that only comes along with perhaps one love affair! I don't know, it's just my thoughts but it's a damn good poem nonetheless! HG: -) xx (Report) Reply

  • Jenifer Kammerer (12/1/2006 2:35:00 AM)

    I love this poem. I am currntley in English 12 and I had to do a report on Ted Hughes and a few of the poems he wrote. This one was my first choice. I love the love that he portrays in this writing. He is brilliant. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (7/19/2006 12:10:00 PM)

    A vivid portrayal of love, its passion and its consequences... causing love to come apart completely or bind so tightly that two become eternally one. (Report) Reply

  • Angharad Kitchener (3/7/2006 1:28:00 PM)

    im 17 and studying a selection of poems by ted hughes for my AS! i really am disgusted by how narrow minded my fellow classmates are at it an how immature people can be! ! this man has truly discovered the definition of love in my eyes when i never though it possible! ! this poem as well as 'Bride and Groom lie hidden for three days' have shown me how deeply i really feel for my partner an i can completely relate with hughes through these words! ! ! ! ! i cant find reason in peoples disgust at this sort of poetry! some people are so narrow minded dont they see that this truly is art? (Report) Reply

  • Greg Robins (1/15/2006 5:59:00 PM)

    'He loved her and she loved Him'

    I find so much in the poem. First the above quote explains it all...the poem shows all the peices of real love. How we second guess each action, touch and movement. Also how when we give are love to another we give them a part of us. We become the one we love and they become us. I feel that a person can relate so much with the angst and spirit of this poem. In the end the loved eachother...the get past the pain and the FEAR. Love it.


    'there were so many fewer questions when stars were still just the holes to heaven'
    - Jack Johnson (Report) Reply

  • Tania S (12/28/2005 4:56:00 PM)

    This has got to be one of the most beautiful poems I've ever read... its dark yet delicious, its painful but passionate, its slightly disturbing in an exciting way... yet every single action in the poem, regardless of how you react to them, never shy away from the main theme 'love'... (Report) Reply

  • Melissa Smithers (9/7/2005 1:19:00 PM)

    I find it to be extremely beautiful. My interpretation of it is truly a rare find indeed. Who says darkness does not hold beauty? Who says that a love so passionate cannot burn so deeply that it turns the other to cinder? Who says that in the end, though tragic, it wasn't very beautiful to the two who shared this dance?
    'One day I'll have my death of him ' How perfect her words when speaking of him, her Dark Marauder. (Report) Reply

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