my Mother

Frieda Hughes, poet and painter, is the daughter of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Sylvia Plath died by suicide when Frieda was three; her death became a frequent subject for literary studies and media portrayals. Ted Hughes died in 1998, and Frieda’s older brother, Nicholas Hughes, took his own life in 2009. 

The poem “My Mother” was written as a response to the production of the biopic Sylvia, released in 2003, voicing a daughter’s disdain towards the media’s tedency to romanticise private tragedies on public screens.

Part of Poetry in Motion project.