Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes: A Single Shared Mind

On the 25th February 1956 Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath met for the first time. The meeting signaled the start of a relationship which would be both romantic and volatile, inspiring creativity among the two writers but ending in terrible tragedy.

The occasion for the meeting was a literary party in Cambridge, held to celebrate the publication of the first issue of St. Botolph’s Review. (Source: New Historian, ‘Sylvia Plath Meets Ted Hughes’)

‘A Song in the Front Yard’ by Gwendolyn Brooks


I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life.
I want a peek at the back
Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows.
A girl gets sick of a rose.

I want to go in the back yard now
And maybe down the alley,
To where the charity children play.
I want a good time today.

They do some wonderful things.
They have some wonderful fun.
My mother sneers, but I say it’s fine
How they don’t have to go in at quarter to nine.
My mother, she tells me that Johnnie Mae
Will grow up to be a bad woman.
That George’ll be taken to Jail soon or late
(On account of last winter he sold our back gate).

But I say it’s fine. Honest, I do.
And I’d like to be a bad woman, too,
And wear the brave stockings of night-black lace
And strut down the streets with paint on my face.