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Guess it was just a waste of paper:
Love letters back and forth
Can’t compete with her crystal eyes -
I’m escaping henceforth.
The Beatles on the radio
And I’m in my nightgown
Nicholas crying at the door
I don’t make a sound

Boston and Cambridge and London
I moved for you but now
You’re out of my sight every night;
Probably out in town.
“A woman’s place is the kitchen” -
The oven draws me in.
The new girl will see soon enough
You are a ruin.

About this poem

This is a poem written from the perspective of Sylvia Plath to her husband, Ted Hughes, who had affairs and allegedly abused Plath. The poem is written to the structure of the verses of the song “Surfin’ USA” by the Beach Boys as it was number 1 the year Plath died (1963). The title is the name of the woman who Hughes had an affair with and wrote love poems for, Assia Wevill, who killed herself only six years after Plath in the same way.

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Submitted on July 09, 2021

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 447
Words 88
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 8, 8

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