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Birthday Letters: Poems [Paperback]

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Author Author : Hughes, Ted
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0374525811
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780374525811
Publisher Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages Pages : 208
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100051908

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 inBirthday Lettersare 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.

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

An extraordinary book . . . [Hughes's] subject is Plath herself--how she looked and moved and talked, her pleasures, rages, uncanny dreams, and many terrors, what was good between them and where it went wrong. A. Alvarez, The New Yorker

The critics who are urging us to regard these poems as masterpieces are right. Their intensity of feeling, the clarity of their imagery, the precision, energy, simplicity, and fluidity of their language are still striking. Paul Levy, The Wall Street Journal

An emotional, direct, regretful, and entranced [tone] pervades the book's strongest poems, which are quiet and thoughtful and conversational. Katha Pollitt, The New York Times Book Rel³r

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