“I hang on tooth and nail to my own view of what I do — which is a view from the inside. It is fatally easy to acquire, through other people, a view of one’s own work from the outside. As when a child is admired, in its hearing, for something it does naturally. Ever after — that something is corrupted with self-consciousness.”
– Ted Hughes
Read David Orr’s review of the Letters of Ted Hughes (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), edited by Christopher Reid, in The New York Times here.