Thursday, June 02, 2016

Reclaiming her family …

… Frieda Hughes: ‘I felt my parents were stolen’ | Life and style | The Guardian. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

She didn’t even want to read any of her parents’ poetry until she was in her mid-30s and had finished writing her first collection; she had sought and received special dispensation to avoid studying their work at school. “I always felt their poetry would contaminate me in some way. By contaminate, I mean influence my poetry. I absolutely did not want to copy them. Also, my parents were Mum and Dad. Why would I want to turn them into something other that I studied from a distance? If I didn’t read their poetry, they would always be Mum and Dad, not these great literary luminaries.”

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