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Sylvia Plath’s grave at Heptonstall, near Hebden Bridge

The American-born poet Sylvia Plath was buried at Heptonstall, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, in 1963 after a short and troubled life. In the past she was perhaps better known for her marriage to the former Poet Laurate Ted Hughes (originally from Mytholmroyd, a short distance away) but in recent years her creative impact and ability has been positively reappraised, based on a wider body of her work being discovered.

Her grave lies in the newer cemetary: the headstone carries a simple inscription from Hughes, and has been defaced several times (if you look closely the name ‘Hughes’ is typeset slightly differently as the text has been replaced: a certain strand of more radical feminists is alleged have attempted to remove his surname repeatedly, in response to the abusive relationship in life and revisionist way he managed her creative legacy after death).

Read and see more about this on my blog here

Copyright: Joby Catto
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Taken: 19/02/2013
Uploaded: 09/01/2014
Updated: 09/04/2015


Tags: grave; graveyeard; overcast; moody; poet; literature; yorkshire; calderdale; heptonstall; hebden bridge; author
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