Ted Hughes is one of my favourite poets. He wrote a poetry of spirit but at the same time a poetry of sinew, his raw Anglo-Saxon words bringing nature to life and not just nature but the striving human mind looking at and learning from nature.
Jung describes two types of poetry the introverted and the extraverted. http://studiocleo.com/librarie/jung/essay.html The introverted involves the conscious intentions of the artist working to produce an anticipated result. His material is subverted to his judgement. He manipulates , adjusts, refines, paying attention to laws of form and style. Perhaps a good example is Philip Larkin who says he is trying to preserve a memory, an experience with his poetry. With the extroverted artist or poet however creation is something else ‘his hand is seized, his pen writes things that his mind contemplates with amazement. The work brings with it its own form; anything he wants to add is rejected, and what he himself would like to reject is thrust back at him. While his conscious mind stands amazed and empty before this phenomenon, he is overwhelmed by a flood of thoughts and images which he never intended to create and which his own will could never have brought into being’. Even though it is her/his own inner nature revealing itself. Here the poet is subordinate to the work, her/his conscious mind could never have made it. S/he is carried away by the creative impulse and the work often leaps out whole as ‘Pallas Athene sprang from the head of Zeus’. Jung gives examples of this kind of creation as Goethe’s Faust Part II and Niezsche’s Also Sprach Zarathustra. It is clear which type of creative process he believes is the best. I believe that Ted Hughes is someone who, at his best, can write in this ‘extraverted’, powerful, oracular way.
Full Moon and Little Frieda
Crow and the Birds
Crow’s Last Stand
The Warm and the Cold Freezing dusk is closing/ Like a slow trap of steel
Other poems Wind, October Dawn, View of a Pig, Song of a Rat. Thistles, Second Glance at a Jaguar, Heptonstall, Crow’s First Lesson, Examination at the Womb-door, Crow Alights, Crow’s Theology, Crow’s Song of Himself, How Water began to Play.
17 poems by Ted Hughes here http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/ted-hughes#about