Appropriating Plath: reclaiming the role of author in Ted Hughes's Birthday letters

MacNeil, Tammy Maria (2008) Appropriating Plath: reclaiming the role of author in Ted Hughes's Birthday letters. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The 1998 publication of Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes marked the first time the poet had publicly addressed his marriage to American poet Sylvia Plath. In writing Birthday Letters, Hughes drew on the breadth of his poetic career, from the nature imagery of his early work to the shamanistic methods of poetic creation of his middle career to the translation of existing works that dominated the last decade of his life. Elements of each of these areas of interest can be found in the collection which functions as a creative translation of Plath's work. In particular, by openly borrowing material from Plath's Ariel , Hughes is able to enter into a dialogue with the source text and regain some measure of authorship over the story of his own life.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/9062
Item ID: 9062
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 92-104).
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > English Language and Literature
Date: 2008
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Hughes, Ted, 1930-1998--Birthday letters; Plath, Sylvia

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