Thursday, October 28, 2010
Sylvia Plath: "Here Lies One Whose Name Was Writ In Water"
And the name 'Assia Wevill' contains all but one letter, the 'y', in the name 'Sylvia' ,which signifies a deep psychic connection.between these two women. In fact, Assia also committed suicide, while still living with Ted Hughes just 6 years after Sylvia's. Eerily, she mimicked Plath's death and stuck her head into a gas oven, as well. Tragically and heartbreakingly, Assia murdered her 6 year old daughter before taking her own life. And, if that weren't enough to boggle the mind and crack the heart, Plath's son, Nicolas, hanged himself at age 47.
The epitaph I quoted for Sylvia Plath is, in fact, the epitaph that John Keats wrote for himself and which appears on his gravestone. John Keats died from tuberculosis at age 24. In that both poets died at so young an age, the inscription seemed appropriate.