Plath en Hughes

Jij zegt het

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Naar aanleiding van het boek ‘Jij zegt het’ van Connie Palmen (over het huwelijk van Sylvia Plath en Ted Hughes, beide dichters, de zelfmoord van Plath en het zwijgen van Hughes) wil ik hier graag een gedicht van beide plaatsen. Veel mensen kennen de namen van dit beroemde dichterspaar wel maar hun werk is vaak bij hen onbekend (zo was het bij mij ook). Daarom van Sylvia Plath het gedicht ‘Memoirs of a spinach-picker’ en van Ted Hughes het gedicht ‘The seven sorrows’.

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Memoirs of a Spinach-Picker

They called the place Lookout Farm.
Back then, the sun
Didn’t go down in such a hurry. How it
Lit things, that lamp of the Possible!
Wet yet
Lay over the leaves like a clear cellophane,
A pane of dragonfly wing, when they left me
With a hundred bushel baskets on the edge
Of the spinach patch.
Bunch after bunch of green
Upstanding spinach-tips wedged in a circle—
Layer on layer, and you had a basket
Irreproachable as any lettuce head,
Pure leafage. A hundred baskets by day’s end.

Sun and sky mirrored the green of the spinach.
In the tin pail shaded by yellow paper
Well-water kept cool at the start of the rows.
The water had an iron taste, and the air,
Even, a tang of metal.
Day in, day out,
I bent over the plants in my leather-kneed
Dungarees, proud as a lady in a sea
Of prize roses, culling the fullest florets;
My world pyramided with laden baskets.

I’d only to set one foot in wilderness—
A whole sea of spinach-heads leaned to my hand.

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plath

The Seven Sorrows

The first sorrow of autumn
Is the slow goodbye
Of the garden who stands so long in the evening-
A brown poppy head,
The stalk of a lily,
And still cannot go.

The second sorrow
Is the empty feet
Of a pheasant who hangs from a hook with his brothers.
The woodland of gold
Is folded in feathers
With its head in a bag.

And the third sorrow
Is the slow goodbye
Of the sun who has gathered the birds and who gathers
The minutes of evening,
The golden and holy
Ground of the picture.

The fourth sorrow
Is the pond gone black
Ruined and sunken the city of water-
The beetle’s palace,
The catacombs
Of the dragonfly.

And the fifth sorrow
Is the slow goodbye
Of the woodland that quietly breaks up its camp.
One day it’s gone.
It has only left litter-
Firewood, tentpoles.

And the sixth sorrow
Is the fox’s sorrow
The joy of the huntsman, the joy of the hounds,
The hooves that pound
Till earth closes her ear
To the fox’s prayer.

And the seventh sorrow
Is the slow goodbye
Of the face with its wrinkles that looks through the window
As the year packs up
Like a tatty fairground
That came for the children.

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ted H

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