zondag 13 mei 2018

Houses of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.

24 Prince St.
Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130
This unassuming Jamaica Plain home was the site of probably the happiest years of confessional poet Sylvia Plath’s life. This is the home where Plath was born, and lived in the earliest years of her life, before the death of her father. axs.-plath-boston

18 Rugby Street

8 Rugby Street, London

London played a central role in her life, too. It was here that she slept with her future husband, fellow poet Ted Hughes, for the first time on 23 March 1956, at a borrowed flat in Bloomsbury. Plath wrote in her journal of the ‘sleepless holocaust night with Ted’, while Hughes would later immortalise his dates with her at the flat in his poem 18 Rugby Street.

So there in Number Eighteen Rugby Street's
Victorian torpor and squalor I waited for you.
I think of that house as a stage-set -
Four floors exposed to the auditoriums.
On all four floors, in, out, the love-struggle
In all its acts and scenes, a snakes and ladders
Of intertangling and of disentangling
Limbs and loves and lives. Nobody was old.
An unmysterious laboratory of amours.

After their marriage, the couple lived in Cambridge, Spain and Massachusetts, but returned to London in early 1960. ‘I’d rather live in London than anywhere in the world,’ she said. standard-sylvia-plaths-london

3 Chalcot Square, London

Plath moved to England in December 1959 with her husband, the British poet Ted Hughes (1930–98). In January the following year, through the efforts of the American poet WS Merwin and his English wife, the couple found an unfurnished three-room flat on the top floor of 3 Chalcot Square. It was to be their home until August 1961 when they moved to Devon.
Plath's time at number 3 was happy and productive: she published her first volume of poetry, The Colossus (1960), wrote her only novel, The Bell Jar (1963), and gave birth to her first child, Frieda.

Court Green, North Tawton
Green, North Tawton, a small market town in Mid Devonshire. They simultaneously worked on getting their poetry published. Her first collection of poetry, The Colossus and Other Poems, was published in the United Kingdom in 1960. Ted's second book of poems was published and received excellent reviews. In February 1961, Plath suffered a miscarriage. She was devastated by this event and wrote seven poems in February, the month she lost the baby. These poems are "Parliament Hill Fields," "Whitsun," "Zoo Keeper's Wife," "Face Lift," "Morning Song," "Heavy Women" and "Barren Woman," the majority dealing with the subject of loss.
Plath wrote most of the Ariel poems at Court Green. She composed "The Moon and the Yew Tree" about the ancient yew in the nearby churchyard, which could be seen from her bedroom window; the tree can still be seen today. The poem "The Bee Meeting" concerns an event which Plath observed just outside the wool factory on the River Taw near the house. Percy Keys, a neighbour of the Hugheses during their time at Court Green, is mentioned in The Journals of Sylvia Plath, and his funeral is remembered in Plath's poem "Berck-Plage". Keys is buried in the graveyard on the hill above the house.

Ted Hughes at Court Green[edit]

Hughes wrote Crow and most of his later work at the house. He wrote standing at a lectern. Hughes died in 1998, and his friend Seamus Heaney read at the funeral service at the church across the lawn.

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