Friel on Ted Hughes, post-Plath

[I]magine a Romeo who did not die with Juliet, but who went on living, dogged by scandal, a divisive figure still, a Romeo who loved again not always wisely, not always well, a Romeo who grow up, grow old, who pursued a fallible but as honest a life as he could manage and then, finally mortal, this ancient Romeo, like Lear, realises “I have taken too little care of this” and revisits and finally possesses the grief he may have evaded but that was also stolen from him.

via James Friel: April 2009.

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