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Sylvia Plath on the Moors (01:21)


The Yorkshire region has evoked drama, menace and alienation in British literature. This film will examine the American poet's take on the landscape. (Credits)

Modern Poetry Pioneer (01:48)

Although famous for expressing personal drama, Sylvia Plath wrote landscape poetry throughout her career. Hear a "Wuthering Heights" excerpt where she alludes to merging with the Moors.

Landscape Poetry (01:24)

Plath wrote seven poems about the Moorland in her early twenties that inspired "Wuthering Heights." British poet Claire Pollard discusses her interest in the outside world.

Plath at Cambridge (03:29)

Learn details of the poet's Boston upbringing and Newnham College scholarship. She describes her attraction to the British literary landscape in a 1962 BBC radio interview; students compare her academic drive to their own.

Plath's Marriage (02:46)

Sylvia recalls meeting Ted Hughes at Cambridge in a 1961 BBC radio interview. After their wedding, they stayed with his parents in Yorkshire; learn how the landscape influenced her poetry, culminating in "Wuthering Heights."

"Hardcastle Crags" (02:30)

Hear a recording of Plath reading her early Moorland inspired poem "Hardcastle Crags" and visit the landscape outside Heptonstall.

Yorkshire Ghost Culture (02:05)

Most of Plath's Moorland writing incorporates the supernatural. Locals tell witchcraft stories in a Heptonstall pub.

"The Great Carbuncle" (03:36)

Hear Plath's poem inspired by a short story by Nathanial Hawthorne. Poet Jo Shapcott discusses Plath's surreal use of landscape and reads her own Moorland influenced work.

"Wuthering Heights" (04:41)

Learn how Emily Bronte influenced Plath. After publishing "Hardcastle Crags" and traveling in the U.S., Sylvia and Ted moved to Devon in 1961, where she wrote "Wuthering Heights." Hear the poem in its entirety.

Writing Maturation (02:59)

Visit the Moorland building that inspired Bronte's "Wuthering Heights." Plath's adoption of the title shows artistic confidence; learn how she used humor and self-reflection to bring the landscape poem to life.

Plath's Legacy (01:49)

Plath is considered a pioneering figure of modern poetry—demonstrated in her Yorkshire landscape poems. Learn how "Wuthering Heights" symbolizes a victory over the Moorland.

Credits: Hardcastle Crags: Sylvia Plath–Poet's Guide to Britain (00:40)

Credits: Hardcastle Crags: Sylvia Plath–Poet's Guide to Britain

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Hardcastle Crags: Sylvia Plath–Poet's Guide to Britain

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Sylvia Plath’s breathtaking modern verse, radically feminine perspective and anatomization of her depression and journey to suicide brought a whole new readership to poetry. “Hardcastle Crags” and “The Great Carbuncle,” set on the moor above Heptonstall, the Yorkshire town where she is now buried, are representative of work addressing an adopted landscape when she was newly married to Ted Hughes. The film explores Plath’s visits to Hughes’s family and events that engendered this bleak take on her relationship. It also uses Plath to springboard across the valley to the real and fictional ‘Wuthering Heights’ and into Emily Bronte’s verse on the same landscape. (29 minutes)

Length: 30 minutes

Item#: BVL56762

ISBN: 978-0-81609-170-6

Copyright date: ©2009

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