Lynda K. Buntzen

Lynda K. Buntzen: On "Plath's Writing on the Verso"

Plath's textual body is also hopelessly entangled with that of her husband, Ted Hughes.  Many of the manuscripts and typescripts for her final poems are written on his backside, so to speak: Plath recycles old manuscripts and typescripts by Hughes, and often she seems to be balk talking, having the last word in argument.  As she describes the impossibility of separation from Hughes in "The Courage of Shutting-Up," composed on the verge of his leavetaking from their Devon home in October 1962, it is conceived as the transformation of surgical incision to indelible marking: "A great surgeion, no

 

From Buntzen, Lynda K.  The Other Ariel.  USA: Thompson-Shore, Inc., 2001. p. 7-8. Print.