HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ted Hughes, born 17 August 1930
“What’s writing really about? It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life.”
Ted Hughes is one of the most important British poets of the 20thC. I had to study some of his poems at school and rather struggled with them then, but I have since delighted in many of his poems in his 1957 collection The Hawk in the Rain. I love the use of Yorkshire words and rhythms in his poetry, and his use of animals to show the struggle for survival, as in Jaguar.
You can take a Ted Hughes memorial walk in Devonshire, attend the annual Ted Hughes Festival in Yorkshire, or visit the ‘newish’ memorial to him in Westminster Abbey. But his best memorial is his poetry – read and enjoy his fabulous range of poems, or listen to Ted Hughes himself reading some of his own poems on the web.
Ted Hughes died at age 68 on 28 October 1998.
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