Ted Hughes





Ted Hughes


Born
in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, The United Kingdom
August 17, 1930

Died
October 28, 1998

Genre

Influences


Edward James Hughes was an English poet and children's writer, known as Ted Hughes. His most characteristic verse is without sentimentality, emphasizing the cunning and savagery of animal life in harsh, sometimes disjunctive lines.

The dialect of Hughes's native West Riding area of Yorkshire set the tone of his verse. At Pembroke College, Cambridge, he found folklore and anthropology of particular interest, a concern that was reflected in a number of his poems. In 1956 he married the American poet Sylvia Plath. The couple made a visit to the United States in 1957, the year that his first volume of verse, The Hawk in the Rain , was published. Other works soon followed.

Hughes stopped writing poetry almost completely for nearly three years fo
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The Hawk in the Rain

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Letters of Ted Hughes

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Selected Poems 1957-1994

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The Iron Woman

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“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn't live boldly enough, that they didn't invest enough heart, didn't love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.”
Ted Hughes, Letters of Ted Hughes

“What’s writing really about? It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life.”
Ted Hughes

“Nobody wanted your dance,
Nobody wanted your strange glitter, your floundering
Drowning life and your effort to save yourself,
Treading water, dancing the dark turmoil,
Looking for something to give.”
Ted Hughes, Birthday Letters

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