Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Christy L. Burns
Susan Van D'Elden Donaldson
Silvia Roxana Tandeciarz
Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, one of the 20th-century's literary power marriages, saw each other as each other's muse. As a result, they developed a common text--a unified work that emerges from two seemingly disconnected collections -- that allows them "speak" with each other even after Plath's death in 1963. In my paper, I explore constructions of the muse and Harold Bloom's concept of poetic influence, and ultimately expose how Plath and Hughes wrote their common text.
Amos, Nathaniel Scott, "The Blood Jet of Poetry: Muse myths, poetic influence, and the common text of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes" (2008). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 843.
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