Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes

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Read Birthday Letters Online Free - 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 poems in its own right.

Title : Birthday Letters
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ISBN : 0374525811
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 198 pages


Huda rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 16, 2017

لو أن هيوز أظهر ندمه لو أنه ترك هذا العالم معترفا بذنبه لو أنه أحب سيلفيا حقا .... ماذا..؟ هل ستعود هل سينتهي عذابها..؟؟ لما نحن القراء مهووسين بقصة سيلفيا مع تيد ماذا سيعود بالنفع علينا إن ظللنا نتهمه حيا وميتا ..؟؟ سؤال وجيه والإجابة ببساطة لأن سيلفيا لم تمت لأنها تسكن كل من قرأها وتنبض بداخله لأن أنينها لا...

Jamie rated it ★★★☆☆

March 31, 2010

I need to get something off my chest with this one. I'd read Birthday Letters a few years ago, I guess when I was first getting into Plath and was not particularly interested in the warzone of the Plath/Hughes legacy. I also didn't really give much thought to poetry at the time--if it was pretty...

Rebecca rated it ★★★☆☆

April 05, 2017

Some of the poetry in this novel is absolutely amazing and gripping, others in my opinion not so much. There does seem to be some, for lack of a better phrase, filler. Either way it's still a good collection with a lot of creativity to it.

Pink rated it ★★★★☆

November 11, 2014

I wanted to hate this. I've read enough by Sylvia Plath to know that I love her. I've read enough about her relationship with Ted Hughes to know that I hate him. What bullshit is that? Of course I know nothing about either of them. I know what's been written of their marriage, it's breakdown and t...

Roman Clodia rated it ★★★★☆

September 15, 2017

Given Hughes' notorious reluctance to speak about his volatile marriage to Sylvia Plath, this collection came as a shock when it appeared in 1998. Comprising poems written since Plath's suicide in 1963 this is both intimate and a public dialogue, a way of speaking back to Plath, her poems, and al...

Jonathan rated it ★★★★☆

September 27, 2012

Ted Hughes wrote Birthday Letters across his life and published it shortly before his death. Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath had once been married and divorced before Plath committed suicide. This anthology of poetry is as a result a collection of poems addressing Plath as 'you' like a letter, a resp...

Artfulreader rated it ★★★★☆

September 13, 2016

Warm. Private. Nostalgic.

Monika rated it ★★★★☆

June 08, 2017

Awful person, beautiful poetry.

Tom rated it ★★★★★

September 19, 2011

My last review for a book of poetry (Plath's Ariel) was only a few lines long. Perhaps it was because I was tired, I'd just written another review or, the more plausible, I was scared of reviewing poetry. Poetry is not something you casually bring up with your mates after a few beers or during a...

Zoë rated it ★★★☆☆

October 12, 2010

"A new soul, still not understanding, Thinking it is still your honeymoon In the happy world, with your whole life waiting, Happy, and all your poems still to be found." In Birthday Letters Ted Hughes offers 88 responses to Sylvia Plath in chronological order, beginning when he first met her, fo...

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