Sylvia's art

Has anyone read the book EYE RHYMES? It focuses on Sylvia's early passion for art and drawing, with several excellent examples of her work. I was pleasantly surprised to learn she was inspired by the work of De Chirico...I like him, too. He's a surrealist who leans on classical mythology for much of his inspiration. Weird stuff!
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Celebrating Sylvia.

I know the comm. is pretty much dead as of late (which is very sad) but I felt like posting for the first time, since today would have been her 79th birthday.

I've been thinking about Sylvia's poetry quite a lot lately. I wanted to ask all of my fellow fans - how has she changed your life, your views on literature and poetry? I feel eternally grateful to Sylvia for inspiring me to become a confessional poet myself. Her works saved me during difficult years in my life. When I discovered her works at age 13, I was astounded and a little taken aback at the sheer genius of them... and by age 15, I was in love.

I actually did an appreciation post with my thoughts on her work and her life in honor of her birthday, and I wanted to share it here ;)

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I was reading a passage in SP's journals in which she and Ted try the Ouija board for the first time in America.

Has any of you tried to communicate with Sylvia through Ouija?

‘Your wife is dead’: Lost Ted Hughes poem about Sylvia Plath’s suicide published

A poem by Ted Hughes, considered lost, was published today in The New Statesman magazine after being discovered in the British Museum among his papers. In it, Hughes addresses the painful suicide of his wife, Sylvia Plath. The poem, written in the 70s, would seem to be the “missing link” from Hughes’ 1998 book about his marriage to Plath, Birthday Letters, as none of the poems in that book discuss the circumstances of her death.

Carolyn Kellog, writing at the Los Angeles Times, Jacket Copy blog:

Actor Jonathan Pryce read part of the poem for the [BBC4 Radio] broadcast, reading:

Late afternoon Friday
my last sight of you alive
burning your letter to me
in the ashtray
with that strange smile

Sylvia Plath, who today is best-known as the author of the autobiographical novel “The Bell Jar,” was a young poet living in England when she met Ted Hughes, then also a young poet. The two married in 1956, moved to the U.S. for three years, and then returned to England. They had two children together.

Plath was 30 when she killed herself by inhaling the fumes from an unlit oven. Hughes went on to become one of the significant British poets of the 20th century, serving as British poet laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998.

The poem includes how Hughes learned of Plath’s death, in its final lines.

And I had started to write when the telephone
Jerked awake, in a jabbering alarm,
Remembering everything. It recovered in my hand.
Then a voice like a selected weapon
Or a measured injection,
Coolly delivered its four words
Deep into my ear: ‘Your wife is dead.

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Has anyone read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath? In the book she mentioned reading this story about a fig tree with the Jewish man and the nun or something like that? Does anyone know what story this is and who wrote it?