Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Great Regulars: "Sheep in Fog" is a beautiful distress signal

of a poem. The setting is a dawn ride over Dartmoor, where until the breakdown of their marriage Plath, Hughes and their two small children had been living. Ariel was her horse (named grandly after Shakespeare's flying invisible spirit), and it's from him that she surveys the frozen landscape: "The hills step off into whiteness./People or stars/Regard me sadly, I disappoint them//The train leaves a line of breath. O slow..."

from Olivia Cole: The Daily Beast: Sylvia Plath's Darkest Sea: What an Unveiled Draft Poem Reveals


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