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Emotional rollercoaster

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18.10.2000

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Ted Hughes at his best

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May need to read some of the poems over and over

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Whether or not you are a fan of the late former Poet Laureate,it has to be said that he was a master of style and linguistic technique.The poems in this collection are,of course,addressed directly to his late wife,the American poet Sylvia Plath,and were written in the years after her suicide.They are intense,vivid,emotional and often quite disturbing.I cannot pretend that they are easy poems to understand,and you wouldn't want to read them all at once.You need to take them slowly to fully appreciate them.But they are worth the effort.Hughes' love for his tormented wife shines through them,as well as his despair at her untimely death.This collection of poems is Hughes crying "Why?" into the wilderness.Take a deep breath and plunge in.


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With just two exceptions, these 88 poems, in the form of a narrative, are addressed to Sylvia Plath, the American p...

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Type Poetry
Title Birthday Letters
Author Ted Hughes

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