The line comes from Sylvia Plath’s poem, The Birthday Present, which is apt today because it is Sylvia Plath’s birthday. Please see Sheila’s epic Sylvia Plath round up of Plath posts; I think you’ll be as delighted as I am.
I have posted a frame grab of the first question I ever asked her about Plath, which was the spark that lit the flame that will burn forever. [Updated to add frame grab]:
It began one of the truly great love affairs of my life. And I’m just so happy to have someone to share my Plath love with.
Thank you, Sheila. And thank you, Sylvia. Love you both.
One of the most affecting, and popular, of Plath’s poems, Daddy, read by Sylvia herself for BBC: