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Er such topics as Hughes’s travels hunting religion education and his fraught relationship with Sylvia Plath Never published before in their entirety this collection provides a significant new perspective on Hughes’s life and work

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Poet and Critic

The correspondence between the British poet Ted Hughes and literary critic Keith Sagar lasted from 1969 until Hughes’s death in 1998 During that time Hughes wrote 146 letters to Sagar which show a uniue dialogue between a writer and

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A critic In the letters Hughes describes his creative process candidly and in great depth offering exceptional insight into the poet at work Their relationship however extended to many areas beyond literature and the letters also cov

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    I started this book searching for criticism I could use for an essay about Crow that I'm writing Whilst I did find plenty I also ended up being incredibly moved by the relationship between the twoIt wasn't a melodramatic correspondence obviously nor an overly informal one But what slipped through these conversations of animals and literature were tidbits of life showed that both Hughes and Sagar actually cared about each other on a personal level From what I can see they seemed to actually be very good friends Thus it was a relationship that didn't seem to have any sort of professional filter that stopped either of the two from talking of the 'taboo topics' that undoubtedly plagued Ted's life Yet these topics were never glamorized or relinuished in explicit detail either Rather topics like Plath were discussed matter of factly hinting at an intimate familiarity that close friends actually have I personally have never seen a relationship between artist and critic that was so natural It was a surprising readSometimes the conversations seemed one sided due to Sagar either deliberately omitting his letters or being unable to find them This I think was a shame as the responses Hughes gave would have been a lot well rounded with the necessary context AlasReading this in 2019 now that both Hughes and Sagar have passed away Sagar not even a decade ago would have presumably coloured the reading with a rather morbid tone But this was not the case Instead the reality of the collection holds it so firmly in its era that it had the opposite effect Two very full of life characters almost grew old together as good friends and as such the normally separate spheres of artist and critic merged together so naturally for a change that made this book very enjoyable to read Just don't read this book to find any juicy gossip you're wasting your time

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