Intervju: Silvija Plat i Ted Hjuz (BBC, 1961)

Intervju naslovljen „Two of a Kind: Poets in Partnership“, snimljen je 18. januara 1961. godine, a emitovan 31. januara iste godine. BBC novinar bio je Owen Leeming. U nastavku slede dva citirana odgovora.

Prvi odgovor dala je Silvija Plat na pitanje o vezi svog deteinjstva i potrebe za stvaranjem:

I think I was happy up to the age of about nine — very carefree — and I believed in magic, which influenced me a great bit. And then, at nine, I was rather disillusioned — I stopped believing in elves and Santa Claus and all these little beneficent powers — and became more realistic and depressed, I think, and then, gradually, became a bit more adjusted about the age of sixteen or seventeen. But I certainly didn’t have a happy adolescence — and, perhaps, that’s partly why I turned specially to writing — I wrote diaries, stories, and so forth. I was quite introverted during those early years.

Drugo pitanje koje ovde izdvajam odnosilo se na Teda Hjuza. Engleski pesnik dao je odgovor na pitanje kako vidi vezu između njega i Silvije Plat, između dva snažna stvaralačka bića. Da li je konfliktna ili je, naprotiv, usklađena.

We’re very alike — we like the same things, live at the same tempo, have the same sort of rhythm in almost every way. But obviously this is a very fortunate covering for temperaments that are extremely different. But they lead secret lives, you see — they content themselves in an imaginative world, so they never really come into open conflict.

O FOTOGRAFIJAMA

Dajana Midlbruk (Diane Middlebrook), autorka knjigeHer Husband: Hughes and Plath – A Marriage“, objavljene 2003. godine, piše da su ove fotografije nastale u trenutku kada je par imao raspravu pa su rezultat prekinutih čarki kojima je prisustvovao fotograf Hans Beacham. Fotografije su nastale 25. jula 1960. godine, u okviru projekta za portfolio koji je trebalo da predstavi savremene britanske autore. Fotograf je kasnije čitav susret ovako prokomentarisao:

They were sullen. Hughes was rude. He was going to get more attention than she, and she didn’t like that while he did. He invited me outside and told me I needed to know that he loathed photographers. Hughes particularly wanted to keep Plath out of the way. His wish, of course, forced me to photograph them together.

Inače, Hans Beacham se ponovo susreo sa Hjuzom kojim mu je priznao da su oboje tom prilikom bili poprilično zlovoljni, a da se on sam ponašao „svirepo“.

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