Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Romance between Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath

One of the most enduring romances in the annals of poetry and, indeed, in the awesomely rare world of poetry is that between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Both were poets. Their romance was marked by huge controversies which have still not been explained, expounded.

Plath was an American from a very conservative background while Hughes was an Englishman given to lascivious ways. Hughes had many affairs with other women and, obviously, this upset Plath. They separated after they had two children - Frieda and Nicholas.

In the closed and rather incestuous world of poetry there are many such romances which bloom in the darkness of secrecy and cloistered confines. Of all of them the one essayed by Plath and Hughes remain noteworthy and mentionable.

Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes R.I.P.

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