(United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1960)
© Tineke de Lange
BiographyFrieda Hughes published six children’s books before she finally summoned enough courage to publish her first volume of poetry, Wooroloo (1999). This hesitation is understandable, considering the fact that she is the daughter of two celebrated poets, the British poet Ted Hughes and American poet Sylvia Plath. It was inevitable that Frieda should in some way undergo the influence of two poet-parents: in Wooroloo we hear occasional echoes of Plath, the mother she hardly knew in life (she was three when Plath killed herself), and about whom she learned through stories told by her family and through Plath’s own publications (the poems, and especially the diaries).
© Peter Nijmeijer (Translated by Ko Kooman)[Frieda Hughes took part in the Poetry International Festival Rotterdam 2002. This text was written on that occasion.]
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