This triplicate notebook contains a large number of astrological charts created by Ted Hughes for different individuals and significant dates. Shown here are charts for the psychoanalyist Sigmund Freud, the poets W B Yeats, T S Eliot and Sylvia Plath (the latter relating to the publication of Plath's first collection of poetry, The Colossus and other poems), and the announcement of Hughes’s Poet Laureateship. The charts are undated.
The notebook, which also contains an unpublished poem by Sylvia Plath about Christmas, was stored by Hughes in his workroom and work hut at his home in North Tawton, Devon.
- Full title:
- Edward James Hughes Papers: Notes and drafts from workroom and workhut. This folder includes a Tudor triplicate notebook containing a large number of astrological charts created by Hughes for different individuals and significant dates.
- undated; whole volume 15 October 1951–98
- Manuscript / Notebook
- Ted Hughes
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- Article by:
- Simon Armitage
- Literature 1950–2000
Ted Hughes believed that poetry had the power to heal and transform, to change perceptions and to alter states. Like many of us, Simon Armitage first encountered Hughes’s poetry at school and was captivated by his ability to distill the complexity of human experience. Here he explores some of Hughes’s themes and interests and the impact he had on his own life and work.
- Article by:
- Andy Armitage
- Fantasy and fairy tale, Literature 1950–2000
Andy Armitage explores how Ted Hughes's beliefs about myths shaped his Tales from Ovid, and how his adaptation of a classical work can be read alongside his intensely personal last volume of poetry, Birthday Letters.