Thomas Ramey Watson

Poetry and the Paranormal

Exploring the mysteries of literary inspiration

Mention Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath to the average poetry fan, and the first thing that comes to mind (other than the poetry, of course) is likely to be images of doomed romance, suicide, or love gone sour.

Less well known are the pair’s experiments with the Ouija board.

According to Hughes, in a note to his wife’s poem, Ouija, Plath “occasionally amused herself, with one or two others, by holding her finger on an upturned glass, in a ring of letters laid out on a smooth table, and questioning the ‘spirits’.”

This article by SD Tucker is about far more than Hughes and Plath.


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