Ted Hughes: Howls and Whispers

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  • Vassilis Manoussakis (University of the Peloponnese)

Ten days before the death of England’s poet laureate, Ted Hughes, on the 28th October 1998, the London Times published a piece of poetry by Hughes that was known only to a chosen few among the poetry readership.. It was a poem titled “The Offers” which belonged to the collection Howls and Whispers which Hughes had written in the same year as his famous Birthday Letters. However, either due to a poetic perversion on Hughes’s part or due to the 11 poems’ great significance within Hughes’s “restoration” of his relationship with his muse, Sylvia Plath, which began with the 88 poems of Birthday Letters, these poems were published in a Gehenna Press limited and fine edition of 110 copies, …

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Manoussakis, Vassilis. "Howls and Whispers". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2008
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