Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Ted Hughes, Richard Armitage, Sylvia Plath
Posted by JaneGS
I have a growing interest in Sylvia Plath that started earlier this year when I was diving headlong into Brontemania. I read about Plath visiting Haworth and Top Withins with Hughes, and I read both of their poems about Top Withins. I liked Plath's better, btw.
Yesterday, when I was following a trail of bloggers, I found this wonderful post in which a recording of Richard Armitage reading Ted Hughes's letter to Sylvia's mother regarding Sylvia's death was coupled with scenes from Sylvia.
As Maria Garza says in her posting, "Get ready to shiver..."
Updated (July 23): I was particularly moved by Hughes's comment that if there is an afterlife, then he is surely damned. Maybe, but can one person take the responsibility for another person's act so completely? I read The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, A Toltec Wisdom Book a few months ago, and we are all accountable only for our own actions. Of course, everything I know about their relationship I learned from Maria's movie clip and the letter so maybe I should reserve judgment until after I've read The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes