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Sylvia Plath Drawings Displayed at Mayor Gallery

Today would have been Sylvia Plath‘s 79th birthday. In her honor, Flavorpill has posted up sixteen images from the book Sylvia Plath: Her Drawings and Dadamaino: Volumes.

With the blessing of Plath’s daughter, Frieda Hughes, 44 of Plath’s pen and ink drawings will be displayed in London’s Mayor Gallery for the first time. The exhibit will last from November 2nd until December 16th. According to Flavorpill, the drawings range from French street life to scenes from the Spanish countryside. In the image embedded above (via), Plath drew a kiosk near the Louvre museum.

In a guest piece for The Guardian, Hughes explained: “Although my mother is known primarily for her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar and her poetry – particularly her last collection, Ariel, published posthumously in 1965 following her suicide on 11 February 1963 – her passion for art permeated her short life. Her early letters and diary notes and poems were often heavily decorated, and she hoped that her drawings would illustrate the articles and stories that she wrote for publication.” What do you think of Plath’s drawings?

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Ted Hughes’ Reaction to Sylvia Plath’s Suicide Revealed in New Poem

A newly released poem written by Ted Hughes directly addresses the writer’s reaction to the suicide of his first wife, Sylvia Plath.

After securing permission from Hughes’ widow Carol, The New Statesman published the piece entitled Last Letter. British actor Jonathan Pryce reads from the poem in the BBC video embedded above.

Normally, Hughes’ process to “complete” the writing of a poem was to type the finalized version. Several draft versions of Last Letter were found in Hughes’ handwritten notebooks. The earliest draft of the poem is contained in a blue exercise book now owned by the British Library’s Ted Hughes archive.
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England’s First Female Poet Laureate Named

arts-literature-poetryquartet-255x366-duffy.jpgThe poet Carol Ann Duffy was chosen as poet laureate of England today, the first female poet named laureate since the post was first created over 340 years ago.

Duffy follows former laureate Andrew Motion, and according to the NY Times, she will serve in the post for 10 years. The first honoree was Edmund Spenser, and other laureates included William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Ted Hughes.

Here’s more from the article: “Ms. Duffy, 53, is known for writing accessible, often witty poems on a wide range of topics, many of them to do with the minutiae of everyday life … The culture secretary, Andy Burnham, called Ms. Duffy ‘a towering figure in English literature today and a superb poet.’” (Photo via)