Ted Hughes: 5 Poems from “Birthday Letters”

Ted Hughes: 5 Last Poems Human Voices Wake Us

An episode from 12/21/21: Tonight, I read five poems from Ted Hughes’s last book, Birthday Letters (1998). This is the book where Hughes finally addressed his relationship to Sylvia Plath in verse, nearly forty years after her suicide.

In my introduction to the poems, I also talk about the strange phenomena, both of audiences demanding such a confession over a private matter, and the weight that Hughes said was lifted from him when he finally published the book. All of the poems can be found in his Collected Poems.

The poems are:

  • A Pink Wool Knitted Dress
  • You Hated Spain
  • Drawing
  • The Rabbit Catcher
  • Life after Death

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