What is the Truth?: A Farmyard Fable for the Young

What is the Truth?: A Farmyard Fable for the Young➸ [Read] ➳ What is the Truth?: A Farmyard Fable for the Young By Ted Hughes ➽ – Heartforum.co.uk Why is it The roustabout Rooster, raging at the dawn Wakes us so early A warrior king is on fire His armour is all crooked daggers and scimitars And it s shivering red hot with rage First published Why is it The roustabout Rooster, raging the Truth?: Kindle Õ at the dawn Wakes us so earlyA warrior king is on fireHis armour is all crooked daggers and scimitars And it s shivering red hot with rage First published in , this book of prose linked animal poems won both the Guardian Children s Fiction Award and the Signal Poetry Award This new, illustated edition remains a very beautiful book God and his son go to visit mankind and ask a few simple questionsthe poems are pure enchantment The School Librarian.

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What is the Truth?: A Farmyard Fable for the Young
  • Hardcover
  • 128 pages
  • What is the Truth?: A Farmyard Fable for the Young
  • Ted Hughes
  • 26 September 2018
  • 9780571349401

10 thoughts on “What is the Truth?: A Farmyard Fable for the Young

  1. Robert says:

    A bunch of people speak in verse to God and his son about animals These people all rural folk are asleep at the time and so probably don t remember the experience upon waking None of these folk, however, manage to speak the fundamental Truth about the animals that God wants his son to learn so he has to explain it himself in the end Those villagers might not have known, but various others from different cultures around the world seem aware of it The poems here, being aimed at children, are not difficult but they do as a whole show the hallmarks of their author and I think the book might be a good way to enthuse kids about modern poetry.

  2. Marcio Ribeiro says:

    3,5 5

  3. Courtney Johnston says:

    So, until I picked up this book I didn t realise Ted Hughes wrote so much for children What is the Truth is one of his late books, published just before he was made Poet Laureate.Talking about writing for children as well as adults, Hughes said So what is a poem for a young reader If they can recognise and be excited by some vital piece of experience within a poem, very young children can swallow the most sophisticated verbal technique They will accept plastic toys, if that s all they re given, but their true driving passion is to get possession of the codes of adult reality of the real world.I m struck by the idea that children can cope with complex poem structures, if they can respond to the idea that sits within them What is the Truth is satisfying on several levels as words to listen to, read aloud, play with, and as introductions to or reminders of all the animals that surround and live with us.The conceit is this God s son has been pestering Him to take him to Earth I really would like to visit mankind, he said It looks quite exciting Besides, travel broadens the mind God put his arms around his Son s shoulders Take my advice, said God Stay here Mankind cannot teach you anything Mankind thinks it knows everything It knows everything bu the Truth God eventually relents, and in the middle of the night takes his son to a hill outside a village in England, and calls up souls to speak to them a farmer, his wife, son an daughter a teacher, a poacher God begins by asking the farmer to talk about one of the creatures on his farm God and his son move between each of the villagers, quizzing and drawing them out, while the villagers complement and contradict and extend each others stories, moving from partridges to flies, cows to owls The poems switch style throughout some free verse, some rhyming Here s the poacher on the weasel The Weasel whizzes through the woods, he sizzles through the brambles.Compared to him a rabbit hobbles and a whippet ambles.He s all the heads of here and there, he spins you in a dither,He s peering out of everywhere, his ten tails hither thither.The Weasel never waits to wonder what it is he s after.It s butchery he wants, and BLOOD, and merry belly laughter.That s all, that s all, it s no good thinking he s a darling creature.Weight for weight he s twice a tiger, which he d like to teach you.It s a similar rollicking rhythm as Kenneth Grahame s Duck s Ditty from The Wind in the Willows Ducks tails, drakes tails, Yellow feet a quiver, Yellow bills all out of sight Busy in the river , but with ittle bloodthirstiness that s pretty appealing.And the poacher on honeybees And the airAll round the May hiveTwangsDangerously Missiles.Gingery gleamsAslant through the ashpoles TelegramsComing in.The bees fallOn to their knees, and humbly head down crawlInto their crammed churchWhere they are fatteningWith earth s root sweetnessA pale idol, many breasted,Made of wax The OneWho ll make their swarm immortal.My favourite poem is one of the very earliest in the book, where the farmer s son describes a badger bought from the petshop, who takes to life in the stables Bess my badger grew upIn a petshop in Leicester Moony maskBehind mesh Blear eyesBaffled by people Customers cuddled her,Tickled her belly, tamed her her wildnessGot no exercise Till a girlBought her, to free her, and sold her to me.What s the opposite of taming I m unteachingHer tameness First, I shut her in a stable.But she liked being tame That night, as every night,At a bare patch of wall the length of her cageTo fro, to fro, she wore at the wood with her nose,Practising her prison shuffle, her jail walk Already she hardly needs me Will she forget me Sometimes I leave black treacle sandwiches,A treat at her entrance, just to remind her She s our houseproud lodger, deepening her rooms.Or are we her lodgers To herOur farm buildings are her wild jumble of caves,Infested with big monkeys And she puts up with us Big noisy monkeys, addicted to diesel and daylight.The poems are affectionate, occasionally humorous, but never cutesy, and beg to be read aloud At the close of the book though, I still don t know where the truth lies, and God s son has chosen to remain on Earth, listening to the cocks crow as the sun rises.

  4. Fred Kohn says:

    I first heard tell of this book from a little book I read called A Rumination of Cows which contained an excerpt of this book I was intrigued because I had recently read The Iron Giant I didnt especially care for The Iron Giant, but it wasnt so bad that I ruled out reading this book As it turned out, I enjoyed this book than The Iron Giant, so it turned out the whole rigamarole worked out for the best.

  5. Jaimie says:

    Normally I m a huge fan of Ted Hughes, especially when he s exploring mythology, but this book was particularly strange That it wass allegedy a narrative rather than a group of thematic poetry definitely threw me, but mostly I disliked the over the top extended metaphor of a group of country folk attempting to explain the Truth to God and Jesus through farm animals They re a common enough motif for religious literature, but I m surprised that hughes would stoop to this even for a child audience I didn t find most of the poetry particularly engaging, nor are the observances about the animals particularly clever or unique At least now I know to steer clear of Hughes work for children

  6. Emily Gerrard says:

    This is the most accurate amazing collection of nature poems I have ever read So few words say so much.

  7. Michael P. says:

    I have been reading and trying to like Ted Hughes for a couple of years So far, I have finished all the books I have started, but not kept any of them The dodgiest are his children s books, and this is an illustrated book of poetry for children I have no problem with the way he uses descriptions of animals to question our view of god, that s fine, but if there was a point or a new revelation, I missed it There are some nice poems, some I do not find compelling, and one I found just wonderful A mixed reaction I am not the fan that some are, but I keep reading Ted Hughes.

  8. Ilze says:

    There is no doubt that Hughes knows his subject extremely well as poet, fisherman, farmer and hunter These poems are truly beautiful and the illustrations by RJ Lloyd are magnificent If anything, it felt as if the tale would never find an end and the reader would be left to discover the truth for himself So maybe a child would get a bit frustrated reading it I really enjoyed it.

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