Frieda Hughes Forty-Five: Poems

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Forty-Five: Poems

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9780061136023: Forty-Five: Poems

The daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes looks back on forty-fiveyears of loves, losses, pain, hope and joy in this revealing poetrycollection.

Breaking forty-five years of near-silence on the subject of her life, Frieda Hughes finally opens up through the medium she knows best --poetry. In this extraordinary collection of personal poems, she takesthe reader step-by-step through the difficult and inspirational eventsthat defined each year of her life, and which she encapsulates here. Weshare her pain through her mother's suicide, her fight against bulimia, three marriages, losing her father to cancer, and an apparentlyinsurmountable breakdown in the relationship with her stepmother. In theface of so much grief, she also shared her successes, her love, and herultimate triumphs as an accomplished poet and painter. As she growsolder, her narrative unfolds to show a complex life beautifully renderedin her poetry.

Hughes is a master of powerful, moving, and vivid language, as seen withthe critical success of her past collections, Wooroloo and Waxworks, andnever more so than now, as she takes on the topics of life, love, loss, and family. For any love of poetry or for anyone who wants to know whathappened in the life of Frieda Hughes after she so tragically lost hermother, this book is the answer.

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"Hughes writes about tragedy with [Sylvia] Plath-like wit."--Entertainment Weekly

"Striking observation. . . . A talent for image-making. . . . Raw and original."--New York Times Book Review

Striking observation. . . . A talent for image-making. . . . Raw and original. --New York Times Book Review"

Hughes writes about tragedy with [Sylvia] Plath-like wit. --Entertainment Weekly"

About the Author:

Frieda Hughes, daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, is a poet, writer and painter. She has published five poetry collections and seven children's books and was The Times poetry columnist. She regularly exhibits her paintings in London and at her private gallery in Wales.

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