Thursday, 1 May 2014

Words within Worlds Pt.2

In his brief introduction to the poetry anthology Worlds, editor Geoffrey Summerfield describes the images that accompany the text as follows:

"The photographs aim either to show the poets in their various worlds or to offer representations of local facts, particular places, particular people which at some time or other have provided these poets with pleasure or significant memory.

They are not 'illustrations', but a reminder that poems, like poets, come out of the world we know, and that that is where they belong".

Fay Godwin's photographs capture something of the two sides of West Yorkshire that Hughes describes: the "slightly unpleasant" world of man, where "nothing ever quite escapes into happiness", and the "exultant" mood of the Moors.

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