Days [ ) The inner life | Ted Hughes, 1967


“There is the inner life, which is the world of final reality, the world of memory,
emotion, imagination, intelligence, and natural common sense, and which goes on
all the time, consciously or unconsciously like the heartbeat.
There is also the thinking process by which we break into the inner life and capture
answers and evidence to support the answers out of it. That process of raid, or persuasion
or ambush, or dogged hunting, or surrender, is the kind of thinking we have to learn, and
if we do not somehow learn it, then our minds lie in us like the fish in the pond of man
who cannot fish.”

Ted Hughes, Poetry in the Making, 1967

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