Ted Hughes / Sylvia Plath Criticism

Linda Martin: 'Plath's language speaks loudly about the anger of being both betrayed and powerless'
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Anne Stevenson: 'A fanatical preoccupation with death and rebirth'
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Warren: 'Sylvia Plath's poetry can be very forceful and urgent'
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Warren: 'This is visual poetry of a high order'
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Warren: 'Plath's poems are full of life and colour, even when the tone is dark and comfortless'
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Hardwick: 'Her fate and her themes are hardly separate and both terrible'
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Axelrod: 'Plath's poems seethe with anger, hope, desire and disappointment'
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Axelrod: 'Plath's poems contain exposure of material meant to be personal'
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Kroll: "Plath mythologises her experiences making them bigger'
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Kendall: 'Plath is a poet constantly remaking herself'
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Oswald: "His poems sound deeper and richer than human language .. include the whole sacred and speechless background of nature'
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Sagar: 'The language of imagination is necessarily biocentric' (Hughes)
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Kinsella: 'Hughes's technique is submerged in metaphor and simile'
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Drangsholt: 'Hughes represents thematic and stylistic innovation in the context of a religious, spiritual and mythic past'
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Bentley: 'Crow poems were seen as pathologically violent, anti human, sadistic'
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Sagar: 'Hughes refused to believe in the hubristic lies about the supremacy of man towards nature'
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Sagar: 'Hughes persisted that nature can't be subdivided'
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Armitage: 'For Hughes, poetry was a connecting rod between nature and humanity'
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