Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Writing Between Them

Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Writing Between Them Turning the Table

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Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Writing Between Them: Turning the Table examines early draft manuscripts and published poems by Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath in order to uncover the compositional approaches that they held in common. Both poets not only honed the minutiae of individual poems but also reworked the shape of overall sequences in order to cultivate unique theories of an ars poetica. The book incorporates drafts of their work from Indiana University's Lilly Library, Emory University's Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Library, Smith College's Mortimer Rare Book Room, and the British Library. After assessing the writing and revision strategies that the poets' early drafts reveal, the book investigates the material that they borrowed from one another and then reimagined through two major sequences: Plath's Ariel and Hughes's Crow. The book enhances its analysis of the poets' shared techniques by discussing several pairs of poems from Ariel and Hughes's Birthday Letters that respond to one another. Its final chapter also includes an evaluation of some of Hughes's unpublished journal entries and unpublished letters that comment on his last collection's public reception. In the conclusion, the author chronicles Hughes's and Plath's own remarks on their writing process as further evidence of their ars poetica.

Book information

ISBN: 9781793614155
Publisher: Lexington Books
Imprint: Lexington Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 821.914
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 490g
Height: 228mm
Width: 161mm
Spine width: 21mm