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on 22 October 2014
No preface by Ted Hughes. As novice, as somebody who enjoys and learns from Hughes' prose, this was a letdown. Enjoyed Plath's work in 'Ariel' presume I will find work here, I find similarly engaging
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on 17 April 2012
A slim book of 45 of Sylvia Plath's poems selected by Ted Hughes. They are taken from The Colossus, Ariel, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees and Sylvia Plath: The Collected Poems. Interesting to see which poems Ted Hughes selected, but disappointing in that Faber and Faber promises a preface in which the editors express their "personal and critical reactions". There is no preface and the poems are left to speak for themselves, which they are well able to do. The poems are arranged in chronological order of their composition rather than publication.
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on 24 April 2013
Hughes made the selection, first published in 1985. It's curious that he didn't include the poem which, along with "Daddy", is her most famous: "Lady Lazarus". In that poem she writes with an ironic pride about her suicide attempts. The poems are extraordinary in her deft choice of words, and towards the end they are very moving.
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on 26 July 2015
Economic selection which allows you to see the genius in the writer.
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on 3 May 2015
daughter liked it
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on 23 December 2014
great thanks
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on 3 May 2016
One of my favourite collections of poetry, some of Sylvia Plath's best collected by her once husband Ted Hughes whose infidelity to her was largely a reason for her suicide. This alone gives it great significance especially for those familiar with her work
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on 28 October 2015
Great
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