About ‘CAPRICCIO’ by Dina Davis

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This blog is about the novel I’m hoping to publish this year. My title “Capriccio” comes from a series of 20 poems by Ted Hughes, published in 1990 in a limited print run. They deal with his relationship with Assia Wevill, the woman for whom he left Sylvia Plath. Apart from the Capriccio sequence, the only other poem dealing directly with Assia is ”Dreamers” which appears in Birthday Letters. Other meanings of Capriccio are ‘whimsical’ (at the whim of fate) and ‘horror’ ( literally ‘hair standing on end’ in Old Italian.) Both Fate and Horror are major themes in my novel, which is a work of fiction based closely on fact. Watch this space for more excerpts!

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