Ted Hughes Biographer Unearths New Details About Sylvia Plaths Final Days

Ted Hughes Biographer Unearths New Details About Sylvia Plaths Final Days

Thanks to the work of biographer Sir Jonathan Bate, we now know more about a Ted Hughes poem uncovered in 2010. According to Bate, the poem was inspired by a fight between the poet and his wife, Sylvia Plath, on the same weekend that she took her own life. Hughes’ relationship with Plath was famously troubled, and the poet was intensely private about their marriage and Plath’s eventual suicide. Hughes’ decision to destroy Plath’s final journal after her death is notorious, and the poet rarely addressed Plath’s suicide in any published poetry. We gained a new poetic insight into Plath’s death …