nicholas hughes suicide
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.”
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.