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(1930 - 1998 / West Yorkshire / England)

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Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • David Preece (1/22/2014 10:37:00 PM)

    The text of this poem could not be published because of Copyright laws.

    ? ? ? what does this mean? ? ? is there any point looking for any 20th century poems?

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  • Nermin Yassin (10/30/2008 1:04:00 PM)

    nice one I really like it.....

  • Brian Edwards (5/7/2008 1:40:00 AM)

    The graphic interplay of sex, love, comedy and violence is an English tradition that runs from Shakespeare to Morrissey. Hughes mines both the light and dark of love, finding menace in the most simple acts ('His kisses sucked out her whole past') and unearths humour amidst the carnage ('lopped melon') . For me, the poem's greatest strength is the sense of movement you feel as you read. Passage through the poem mirrors the passage through a relationship: from the passionate kisses of youth, the lovers are chewed up and spat out into a shared double bed, wearing each others' faces, and probably matching pajamas. To misquote John Lennon, love is something that happens when you're busy making other plans'. Or as Doctorow writes elsewhere, 'the sense is of running downhill too fast'.

  • Charles Wiles (Best Love Poems) (12/29/2007 5:39:00 PM)

    I love this poem. If you enjoyed it, then you might also like my poems 'When I Wake Up Every Morning' and 'So Many Times'.

  • jkd jkd (11/22/2007 12:02:00 PM)

    tenderly violent and breathtaking - like love and life

  • Andrew Vylinsky (10/21/2007 1:02:00 PM)

    That full stop shouldn't be there indeed. But I think it somehow underlines the words about their love, markes them out. Without the first line the whole verse becomes the senseless SM-abracadabra. So it's quite reasonable to make them noticeable in this way. Even if this is a mistake of formatting, it is an apropriate mistake indeed.

  • Ian Rudd (10/6/2007 6:07:00 AM)

    I love this poem. However, the formatting of this submitted poem is wrong. There should not be a full stop at the end of the first line.

  • Rebecca Davis (9/13/2007 7:28:00 PM)

    I couldn't agree more.

  • James Niles (8/14/2007 11:41:00 AM)

    Any cruelty here consists of commenting on the poet rather than the poem, and nobody commits another person's suicide.

    More than that, I have been unable to get this poem out of my mind, the agony and the wonder of pure chemistry. Who has not had a relationship like this or had one that evolved into this? On one hand the agony is immense but the ecstacy more so, such that you will accept any amount of toxicity, ignoring the good sense of self, friends and family for years or even unto death.

  • Ryan Heap (8/9/2007 9:36:00 PM)

    Ted hughes is a tool who closed the oven door on a greater poet's head.

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