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He's a poet. His nature poetry (along the lines of Robinson Jeffers et al) contrasts Plath's confessional style. That's why he was named, I presume, not because of some drama in his and her private lives. But if you want to go down that road, then it's worth nothing that Plath had been in and out of brutal state institutions her whole adult life, piling trauma upon trauma. They are the ones to blame, not her partner.