Monday, 22 March 2010

Poetic People (34): Ted Hughes

Former Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes is to have a memorial in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey.

His memorial will join memorials and tombs commemorating - among many others - Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Blake, Wordsworth, Gray, Shelley, Burns, Tennyson, Masefield and Betjeman.

Hughes is remembered for many aspects of his life and work - not least for his marriage to Sylvia Plath. His poem 'The Thought-Fox' (and here) is probably my favourite poem by this poet, and also my favourite ars poetica piece. I have always treasured a slim Faber volume called 'Poetry in the Making'. It is an anthology by this past Laureate 'of Poems and Programmes from Listening and Writing' for the BBC programmes for schools.

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