Two Never-Before-Seen Poems By Sylvia Plath Have Been Discovered

Author: Coco Marett
05.30 / Lifestyle

In the process of researching Sylvia Plath for their book about the author's life and life's work, titled The Ghostly Archives, Gail Crowther and Peter K Steinberg struck gold.

The pair discovered two unpublished and never-before-seen poems written by Plath in an old notebook, titled "To a Refractory Santa Claus" and "Megrims." It appears they were written in 1956, while the author - most known for her iconic novel The Bell Jar - was married to fellow poet Ted Hughes.

“To a Refractory Santa Claus” is presumed to be about the Plath's honeymoon in Spain, while “Megrims” tells the story of a paranoid patient who reports a series of bizarre occurrences to a doctor. The poems were reconstructed in Photoshop from the carbon paper on which they were originally written, and have been described as "spectacular."

“[Because] no other copy appears to exist it might be surmized that they aren’t very good. But in fact, the imagery in ′To a Refractory Santa Claus’ is beautiful,” says Steinberg. And there is a kind of loose, almost slangy-casual language in ′Megrims’ that took years for Plath to finesse.”

These Ghostly Archives will be available in the US on October 3.

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