|The Grand Manor, Yaddo|
Sadly, there was not one mention of Plath on my tour! My particular tour, consisting of 25 people, started at the Greenhouse Studios, then proceeded to Pine Garde. Then on to West House before ending in the mansion itself. I could not have been happier at this as it got out of the way the things with which I was not as concerned. While it started off slightly late, we made up time temporarily and then by the point we were doing the mansion, there was such a backup that we ran over by more than 45 minutes. I felt terrible for the tour groups going after ours. I spent some parts of the downtime in-between stops re-reading Plath's journal entries and poems about the property on my phone.
The house and property were simply amazing. Artworks and fascinating objects were everywhere, and the materials that went into the houses construction, design, and decor appeared to be the of the finest quality.
|West House, Yaddo|
|Vandalized statue, West House|
|Tiffany window, West House|
|Living room, West House|
|Sofa, Music Room, West House|
|The back of West House|
|Dining room, Yaddo|
|Dining room table, Yaddo|
|Phoenix fireplace, Yaddo|
|Grand stair case, Yaddo|
|Stained glass, Yaddo|
|Bust of "Homere", Yaddo|
|Reading Porch, Yaddo|
"Glass atlas of stars & constellations painted with birds, men horses in yellow & blue & green - equinoxes marked in red on wrought iron pedestal -
The glass atlas
Centaurus, Lupus Scorpio, Cancer, Taurus Capricornus, Sagittarius Pegasus, Andromeda, Lynx, Leo" (503).
Also in this room are the engravings above the fireplace of which Plath transcribed the titles; and lots of books and things. I noticed a book on lichens and mosses, liking to think Plath looked at it (Full Text). The word lichen features in "Old Ladies' Home", written around this time, as well as in her her Yaddo poem "The Stones" and the later "Three Women". And moss features in "Dark Wood, Dark Water". The "view east" was different in Plath's time as all the present tall trees were not there, affording stunning views of the mountains in the far distance, but also to a view of "A superhighway" which "seals me off", as she wrote of the Northway (Route 87) in "Private Ground" (Collected Poems 130). Also in this room there are two small chairs on either side of the fireplace, one of which Plath partially drew in her journal, see page 506).
|Inlaid chair, Yaddo|
|Wainscoted Stair, newel, and vase, Yaddo|
|Gilt wall lamp fixture, Yaddo|
|The grasses unload their griefs on my shoes...|
|"By the gate with star and moon" - "Medallion"|
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