Ted Hughes’ “The Horses”: expanding poetic canvas through the prism of shamanism
“The Horses” was one of the poems of Ted Hughes’s The Hawk in the Rain collection. From a cursory reading its Hughesian traits like a picturesque description of nature, prominence of animal and reticence of the human figure were clearly apparent. But certain tricky words, images and twists of the situation had made the poem complex and multi-layered. Shamanism with its universal philosophy, sublime spirituality and ethnic resonances had enriched this poem. Shamanism had magically heightened the presence of the horses, the specific moment of experience and the role of the poet. A detail analysis of the poem had tried to explore the shamanic journey from this materialistic, disintegrated outer world to that inner world of enlightenment and holistic existence.