Birthday Letters Poems

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  • Copyright: 1999-03-30
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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 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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Fulbright Scholarsp. 3
Caryatids (1)p. 4
Caryatids (2)p. 5
Visitp. 7
Samp. 10
The Tender Placep. 12
St. Botolph'sp. 14
The Shotp. 16
Trophiesp. 18
18 Rugby Streetp. 20
The Machinep. 25
God Help the Wolf after Whom the Dogs Do Not Barkp. 26
Fidelityp. 28
Fate Playingp. 31
The Owlp. 33
A Pink Wool Knitted Dressp. 34
Your Parisp. 36
You Hated Spainp. 39
Moonwalkp. 41
Drawingp. 44
Feverp. 46
55 Eltisleyp. 49
Chaucerp. 51
Ouijap. 53
The Earthenware Headp. 57
Wuthering Heightsp. 59
The Chipmunkp. 62
Horoscopep. 64
Floundersp. 65
The Blue Flannel Suitp. 67
Child's Parkp. 69
9 Willow Streetp. 71
The Literary Lifep. 75
The Birdp. 77
Astringencyp. 80
The Badlandsp. 82
Fishing Bridgep. 87
The 59th Bearp. 89
Grand Canyonp. 96
Karlsbad Cavernsp. 99
Black Coatp. 102
Portraitsp. 104
Stubbing Wharfep. 106
Remissionp. 109
Isisp. 111
Epiphanyp. 113
The Gypsyp. 116
A Dreamp. 118
The Minotaurp. 120
The Panp. 121
Errorp. 122
The Lodgerp. 124
Daffodilsp. 127
The Afterbirthp. 130
Setebosp. 132
A Short Filmp. 134
The Rag Rugp. 135
The Tablep. 138
Apprehensionsp. 140
Dream Lifep. 141
Perfect Lightp. 143
The Rabbit Catcherp. 144
Sutteep. 147
The Bee Godp. 150
Being Christlikep. 153
The Beachp. 154
Dreamersp. 157
Fairy Talep. 159
The Blackbirdp. 162
Totemp. 163
Robbing Myselfp. 165
Blood and Innocencep. 168
Costly Speechp. 170
The Inscriptionp. 172
Night-Ride on Arielp. 174
Telosp. 176
Brasiliap. 178
The Castp. 179
The Ventriloquistp. 181
Life after Deathp. 182
The Handsp. 184
The Prismp. 186
The Godp. 188
Freedom of Speechp. 192
A Picture of Ottop. 193
Fingersp. 194
The Dogs Are Eating Your Motherp. 195
Redp. 197
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