Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Art and Poetry

I read Sylvia Plath's autobiographical novel, "The Bell Jar", in the early 80's and from that came to her poetry.  Just this year I discovered "Sylvia Plath: Drawings" which was published in 2013 with an introduction by her daughter, Frieda Hughes.  Until now, I didn't realize that art had been an important part of Plath's life from childhood.  While teaching at Smith College, she audited an art history course which rekindled her interest and opened a new world of inspiration in the works of Rousseau, Gauguin, Paul Klee and De Chirico.  Plath wrote two poems inspired by De Chirico, two by Rousseau and four by Klee.  I am curious which they are and will look for them.  Plath's early art work, together with sketches and drawings over letters and postcards is archived in the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College, Massachusetts and at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington.  The  drawings in this book are the collection that Plath's husband, (poet) Ted Hughes, gave to their children.

Book cover

Love her line work

Ted Hughes

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