A Link to Ein Gedi
To know more about the background to ‘Ein Gedi’ mentioned in Ted Hughes’ poem ‘Folktale’, go to Anne Skyvington’s Blog,
in which she gives a detailed insight into the fascinating history of the Last Leopard of Ein Gedi, including a video. Was Hughes personifying his lover, Assia
Wevill, as the mythical Leopard? In many of the poems in his sequence, ‘Capriccio’, from which I’ve taken the title of my novel-in-progress, he describes Assia
as a predatory animal, yet sometimes he’s tender too.