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Sylvia Plath’s son commits suicide

Sylvia Plath's son commits suicideI JUST read today in the Correio Braziliense that the son of the late poet Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Nicholas Hughes, hanged himself on March 16 at the age of 47. His sister Frieda said that he had been suffering from depression for a long time.

Nicholas was just one year old when his mother Sylvia gassed herself to death in their small north London flat in 1963 after battling depression. Her husband Ted had left her for another woman, Assia Wevill. She would later kill herself and their daughter in a copycat version of Sylvia’s suicide in 1969.
The Correio mentions that Sylvia wrote a poem about the Brazilian capital, entitled Brasilia, at the end of 1962. In it she seems to refer to a teething Nicholas who must have been less than year old when she wrote this poem:
Will they occur,
These people with torso of steel
Winged elbows and eyeholes
Awaiting masses
Of cloud to give them expression,
These super people! –
And my baby a nail
Driven, driven in.
He shrieks in his grease
Bones nosing for distance.
And I, nearly extinct,
His three teeth cutting
Themselves on my thumb-
And the star,
The old story.
In the lane I meet sheep and wagons,
Red earth, motherly blood.
O You who eat.
People like light rays, leave
This one
Mirror safe, unredeemed
By the dove’s annihilation
The glory
The power, the glory