Birthday letters: annotations and commentary
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AbstractThis dissertation annotates selected poems from Ted Hughes's (in)famous final collection, Birthday Letters. The biographical, historical and critical research assembled here aims to facilitate a reader's appreciation of these provocative poems concerning Hughes's contentious relationship with his late wife, the American poet Sylvia Plath. This project is a complex exercise in intertextuality: drawing on various sources - texts, diagrams and photographs, interviews and emails - it situates and explicates Hughes's poems. In so doing, it serves both as a practical guide for reading Birthday Letters and as a sustained scholarly engagement with Hughes's attempt to explore the complexities of memory and truth through the lens of poetic and narrative art.
Bibliography: p. 329-342