A poet's evocation of animals and plants which live on the moon of his imagination....
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I found this book in the school library during a hard time in my life, and was happy for the distraction. The poet imagines various creatures that live on the moon, and their strange habits.Here's the title poem:Moon-WhalesBy Ted HughesThey plough through the moon stuffJust under the surfaceLifting the moon’s skinLike a muscleBut so slowly it seems like a lasting mountainBreathing so rarely it seems like a volcanoLeaving a hole blasted in the moon’s skinSometimes they plunge deepUnder the moon’s plainsMaking their magnetic wayThrough the moon’s interior metalsSending the astronaut’s instruments scatty.Their music is immenseEach note hundreds of years longEach complete tune a moon-ageSo they sing to each other unending songsAs unmoving they move their immovable massesTheir closed eyes ecstatic
I got this because Andrew Smith mentioned it in Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth. I have to say that I wasn't overly enamored of most of the poems. It's pretty much children's poetry, which I don't have a problem with in general, but this just didn't do it for me. There were some adult allusions, and a couple poems reminded me of Shel Silverstein's whimsical style, but overall I thought the rhyme schemes seemed too forced. It was worth checking out for a few of the poems, though.
A collection of poems detailing the thing Ted Hughes imagined living on the moon. Enjoyed it very much, quick read and truly imaginative. The poetry lags in a few places but also provides some great turns of phrase.
Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein but often darker, Moon-Whales paints a bizarre image of life on the moon. Quite literally, this collection is sheer lunacy, both inspired and otherwise. The titular poem is easily 5 stars. The overall collection, 3.5.
A collection of poems for children using the moon as a theme. There are all types of poems in this anthology that tell about many fantastic creatures that have been made up.My favourite poem was Moon Mirror on p16. I liked the way it played with rhythms and there were some very interesting images too. The rhyme scheme and repeated words all help to give the poem that excited sing song feel, perfect for children.
I am giving this book four stars because of the brilliant five star title poem. It is a book aimed at children and some of the poems are pretty good but some didn't quite make it and felt like filler.
Continuing my struggle to see the greatness in Ted Hughes.
821.914 H8946m 1976
Everyone is about the moon.