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Welcome to our regular Sunday feature “Weekend Poetry Readings”, where we find the best poetry read by the poets themselves. In so doing, we hope to present something a little bit different in the poetry that may be familiar to many.

This week, we have gone with Ted Hughes, the one half of the great poetic marriage. This piece drips with agony at love, anger, sex, and the complex interplays of passion, erring on the destructive. But ultimately it is about two people who, for better or worse, cannot live without each other.

An intimate, complex piece, this poem has provoked discussion amongst scholars and critics since it was published. A true masterpiece of 20th century poetry, almost unparalleled in it’s brilliance.

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