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nicholas hughes suicide

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Nicholas Hughes was the son of the great poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.  His mother was made more famous – for no benefit to anyone – by  the scandal of her suicide when he was just one year old. 

Sylvia describes Nicholas’ birth —

“You are the one

Solid the spaces lean on, envious.

You are the baby in the barn.”

Read the whole poem.

After his mother’s suicide, his father writes that Nicholas’ eyes —

“Became wet jewels,

The hardest substance of the purest pain

As I fed him in his high white chair”.

I just started reading The Sisters Antipodes by Jane Alison, a memoir about children who live their lives under the enormous burden of family betrayal.  It seems betrayal haunts for years if not a lifetime.  Nicholas took his life four days ago. 

Nicholas Hughes, Sylvia Plath’s son commits suicide from the Times Online.


Written by Peter Rudd

March 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm

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