Sylvia Plath’s Ouija Poet

Apparently Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes sought help from the spirit world from time to time, a trait they shared with Aleister Crowley and William Yeats. Imagine the uproar at the Academy of American Poets if back in the day Plat and Hughes had pulled a Christine O’Donnell and said “I dabbled in witchcraft.”

According to a post I picked up from Harriet, the two would consult a spirit called Pan to make prediction and typical spirit stuff. Occasionally Pan would surface in their poems. Does this have copyright and authorship authenticity implications? Read the whole article here.

Maybe I should get out my Ouija board to help with writer’s block.



One thought on “Sylvia Plath’s Ouija Poet

  1. Wow–I did not know this about Plath & Hughes. Great article! I think Coleridge’s idea of the primary and secondary imaginations is exactly right. The poems that arrive unbidden are always the best ones.

    p.s. I must say, Mr. Crowley is looking less than healthy in this picture.

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