Poetry and Co-dependency: The Poetry of Sylvia Plath
Nov 17, 2015
Are we correct to examine the work of Sylvia Plath through the lens of her relationship with Ted Hughes? Professor Jack discusses the poetry of Sylvia Plath: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/poetry-and-co-dependency-the-poetry-of-sylvia-plath
Readers and critics have been exploring Plath's work for half a century. Is there anything new to be said? The publication of Plath's complete journals in 2000 and the release of her personal papers in various archives as well as those of her estranged husband, the poet Ted Hughes, and the publication of his Birthday Letters (1998) and correspondence (Letters of Ted Hughes, 2009) provided material for persuasive research about Plath and Hughes's shared creative processes. Plath's despair and suicide influence our reading of her poetry. To what extent should we be influenced by the creative co-dependency of her poetic relationship with Hughes and his poetry?
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/poetry-and-co-dependency-the-poetry-of-sylvia-plath
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