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'To read [Birthday Letters] is to experience the psychic equivalent of "the bends'. It takes you down to levels of pressure where the undertruths of sadness and endurance leave you gasping...The book's contents are unfailingly interesting, but what makes Birthday Letters a poetic as opposed to a publishing landmark is the valency of the poetry itself...The poems give the impression of utterance, avalanching towards vision.' Seamus Heaney, Irish Times
"An extraordinary book . . . [Hughes's] subject is Plath herself--how she looked and moved and talked, her pleasures, rages, uncanny dreams, and many terrors, what was good between them and where it went wrong."-A. Alvarez, "The New Yorker"
"The critics who are urging us to regard these poems as masterpieces are right. Their intensity of feeling, the clarity of their imagery, the precision, energy, simplicity, and fluidity of their language are still striking."-Paul Levy, "The Wall Street Journal"
"An emotional, direct, regretful, and entranced [tone] pervades the book's strongest poems, which are quiet and thoughtful and conversational."-Katha Pollitt, "The New York Times Book Review"
"Most of the poems in "Birthday Letters" have a wonderful immediacy and tenderness that's new to Hughes's writing, a tenderness that enables him to communicate Plath's terrors as palpably as her own verse, and to convey his own lasting sense of loss and grief. . . . They sho
ISBN: 9780571194735 ISBN-10: 0571194737 Series: Faber Poetry Audience:
Primary / High School
Number Of Pages: 208 Published: 1st July 2005 Publisher: FABER & FABER Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1