"A poem in which Ted Hughes describes the night his first wife Sylvia Plath took her own life in 1963 has been published for the first time."
The poem, called "Last Letter" appears in the New Statesman and was culled from the recent British Library acquisition of Ted Hughes' papers which opened for research earlier this year.
The BBC report says,
"The poem begins: 'What happened that night? Your final night.'
"It then details, in chronological order, the last weekend of Plath's life, in February 1963, when she and Hughes were still married but living apart.
"It begins with Plath sending Hughes a letter, which is intended to arrive after the weekend, but is delivered early.
"The poem goes on to describe Hughes rushing to her house, where Plath reassures him that everything is fine. He leaves and she ultimately takes her own life."
See the New Statesman piece concerning this find here.
Maev Kennedy at the Guardian writes "Unknown poem reveals Ted Hughes' torment over death of Sylvia Plath."