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The past contemporary poet gives an account in 88 poems in letter form of his romance and the life spent with Sylvia Plath.*

Synopsis:

Formerly Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II, the late Ted Hughes (1930-98) is recognized as one of the few contemporary poets whose work has mythic scope and power. And few episodes in postwar literature have the legendary stature of Hughes's romance with, and marriage to, the great American poet Sylvia Plath.

The poems in Birthday Letters are addressed (with just two exceptions) to Plath, and were written over a period of more than twenty-five years, the first a few years after her suicide in 1963. Some are love letters, others haunted recollections and ruminations. In them, Hughes recalls his and Plath's time together, drawing on the powerful imagery of his work--animal, vegetable, mythological--as well as on Plath's famous verse.

Countless books have discussed the subject of this intense relationship from a necessary distance, but this volume--at last--offers us Hughes's own account. Moreover, it is a truly remarkable collection of pems in its own right.

About the Author

Ted Hughes died in October 1998, having received acclaim in the last year of his life: the Whitbread Book of the Year Prize for Tales from Ovid, the Forward Prize for Birthday Letters, and the British Order of Merit. He was Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374112967
Subtitle:
Poems
Author:
Hughes, Ted
Author:
HUGHES, TED
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Poets
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Plath, sylvia, 1932-1963
Subject:
Poets -- Poetry.
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Inspirational
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Inspirational & Religious
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990330
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.33 x 5.71 x 0.555 in

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Formerly Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II, the late Ted Hughes (1930-98) is recognized as one of the few contemporary poets whose work has mythic scope and power. And few episodes in postwar literature have the legendary stature of Hughes's romance with, and marriage to, the great American poet Sylvia Plath.

The poems in Birthday Letters are addressed (with just two exceptions) to Plath, and were written over a period of more than twenty-five years, the first a few years after her suicide in 1963. Some are love letters, others haunted recollections and ruminations. In them, Hughes recalls his and Plath's time together, drawing on the powerful imagery of his work--animal, vegetable, mythological--as well as on Plath's famous verse.

Countless books have discussed the subject of this intense relationship from a necessary distance, but this volume--at last--offers us Hughes's own account. Moreover, it is a truly remarkable collection of pems in its own right.

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