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.

Luke Ferretter: On "Plath's Writing on the Verso"

Plath typed both ‘Tomorrow Begins Today’ and ‘Home Is Where the Heart Is’, the other story she wrote in January 1955 for the Christophers, and which also features a strong heroine who teaches herself a lesson in moral value, on the verso of drafts of her poem ‘Bluebeard’. The poem and the stories on either side of the pages symbolise the difference between the ways in which Plath wrote about gender relationships in poetry and in fiction at the time.

From Ferretter, Luke. Sylvia Plath's Fiction. Edinburgh, GBR: Edinburgh University Press, 2010. p 63-65. (