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Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet

  • Reveals Hughes to be not only an ecopoet, but a writer of environmental prose, a ‘green’ activist, and a promoter of environmental education

  • Combines cutting-edge insights on ecocriticism with extensive archival research

  • This is the first book devoted entirely to the development of Ted Hughes’s environmentalism and environmental writing

  • Includes supplementary material:

Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Yvonne Reddick
    Pages 1-19
  3. Yvonne Reddick
    Pages 21-55
  4. Yvonne Reddick
    Pages 149-183
  5. Yvonne Reddick
    Pages 185-211
  6. Yvonne Reddick
    Pages 213-244
  7. Yvonne Reddick
    Pages 245-267
  8. Yvonne Reddick
    Pages 269-287
  9. Yvonne Reddick
    Pages 289-312
  10. Yvonne Reddick
    Pages 313-317
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 319-343

About this book


This book is the first book devoted entirely to Hughes as an environmental activist and writer. Drawing on the rapidly-growing interest in poetry and the environment, the book deploys insights from ecopoetics, ecocriticism and Anthropocene studies to analyse how Hughes’s poetry reflects his environmental awareness. Hughes’s understanding of environmental issues is placed within the context of twentieth-century developments in ‘green’ ideology and politics, challenging earlier scholars who have seen his work as apolitical. The unique strengths of this book lie in its combination of cutting-edge insights on ecocriticism with extensive work on the British Library’s new Ted Hughes archive. It will appeal to readers who enjoy Hughes’s work, as well as students and academics.


Ecocriticism Nature writing Verse Rhyme Rural Sylvia Plath

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Yvonne Reddick is Research Fellow in Modern English and World Literatures at University of Central Lancashire, UK, and she has previously held a research fellowship at the University of Warwick. She is a poet and scholar of literature and the environment. She won the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition and a Northern Writer’s Award in 2016, and her pamphlet Translating Mountains is now available.

Bibliographic information


“The first book-length study of Hughes to focus entirely on his engagement with environmental and ecological issues. It is very thoroughly researched, lucidly written and critically acute. An important merit is that is examines each stage of Hughes’s career in historical context, thus avoiding anachronistic retrospective criticism. Perhaps the most important change it makes to our understanding of Hughes is that he emerges as a public intellectual, rather than the reclusive poet of popular perception.” (Neil Roberts, Emeritus Professor at Sheffield University, UK)