Edward James Hughes

is one of the most outstanding living British poets. In 1984
he was awarded the title of the nation's Poet Laureate. He came into prominence
in the late fifties and early sixties, having earned a reputation of a prolific,
original and skilful poet, which he maintained to the present day. Ted Hughes
was born in 1930 in Yorkshire into a family of a carpenter. After graduating
from Grammar School he went up to Cambridge to study English, but later changed
to Archaeology and Anthropology. At Cambridge he met Sylvia Plath, whom he
married in 1956. His first collection of poems Hawk in the Rain was published in
1957. The same year he made his first records of reading of some Yeats's poems
and ...

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in 1963 (the couple had separated
earlier), but thereafter he published prolifically, often in collaboration with
photographers and illustrators. The volumes of poetry that succeeded Selected
Poems include Wodwo (1967), Crow (1970), Season Songs (1974), Gaudete (1977),
Cave Birds (1978), Remains of Elmet (1979) and Moortown (1979). At first the
recognition came from overseas, as his Hawk in the Rain (1957) was selected New
York's Poetry Book Society's Autumn Choice and later the poet was awarded
Nathaniel Hawthorn's Prize for Lupercal (1960). Soon he became well-known and
admired in Britain. On 19 December 1984 Ted Hughes became Poet Laureate, in
succession to the late John Betjeman. Hughes has written a great deal for the
theatre, both for adults and for children. He has also published many essays on
his favourite poets and edited selections from the work of Keith Douglas and
Emily Dickinson (1968). Since 1965 he has been a co-editor of the magazine
Modern Poetry in Translation ...

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not purely animalistic poet, since in his
animalistic verse he seeks parallels to human life (4:163). In I. Varnaite's
words, “nature is anthropomorphised in his poems” (5:61). Furthermore, G.
Bauzyte observes that Hughes' poetics are reminiscent of the Parnassians and in
particular Leconte de Lisle's animalistic poems. She points out, however, that
the latter were more concerned with colour, exotic imagery and impression, while
Hughes work is marked by deeper semantic meaning. His poetical principals are
fully displayed in the poem Thrushes - “spontaneous, intuitive glorification of
life, akin to a bird's song or Mozart's music” (4:162). The four main sources of
Hughes's inspiration ...

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