Ted Hughes

(1930 - 1998 / West Yorkshire / England)

Ted Hughes
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Ted Hughes is consistently described as one of the twentieth century’s greatest English poets. Born August 17th, 1930 in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, his family moved to Mexborough when he was seven to run a newspaper and tobacco shop. He attended Mexborough grammar school, and wrote his first poems from the age of fifteen, some of which made their way into the school magazine. Before beginning English studies at Cambridge University (having won a scholarship in 1948), he spent much of his National service time reading and rereading all of Shakespeare. According to report, he could recite it all by heart. At Cambridge, he he 'spent most..time reading folklore and Yeat's poems,' and switched from ... more »

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  • ''Underwater eyes, an eel's
    Oil of water body, neither fish nor beast is the otter:''
    Ted Hughes (b. 1930), British poet. An Otter (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed...
  • he will lick
    The fishbone bare. And can take stolen hold

    On a bitch otter in a field full
    Of nervous horses, but linger nowhere.
    Yanked above hounds, reverts to not...
    Ted Hughes (b. 1930), British poet. An Otter (l. 35-40). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ...
  • ''The heart beats thick,
    Big trout muscle out of the dead cold;''
    Ted Hughes (b. 1930), British poet. An Otter (l. 33-34). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ...
  • ''So the self under the eye lies,
    Attendant and withdrawn.''
    Ted Hughes (b. 1930), British poet. An Otter (l. 27-28). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ...
  • Now I hold Creation in my foot

    Or fly up, and revolve it all slowly—
    I kill where I please because it is all mine.
    There is no sophistry in my body:
    My manners...
    Ted Hughes (b. 1930), British poet. Hawk Roosting (l. 12-17). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) O...
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  • Dhanya Rajan (11/16/2012 3:08:00 AM)

    Bride and groom lie hidden for three days. My favorite Ted Hughes poem.

  • Meg Tapp (9/24/2011 10:40:00 AM)

    'Lovesong' just became one of my favourite poems. So rarely do we come across poems that speak so truthfully and honestly. Beautiful. Can't believe I never knew of it until now!

  • Manju Shree (2/22/2010 5:52:00 AM)

    It’s quite interesting that Hughes has chosen fox to trace the stirrings of poetical ideas in his mind. Fox is a sly animal, very slippery. Not to be caught easily. It always tries to hoodwink the hunters and other animals. It’s somewhat elusive. So is also the poetry. The poetical ideas appear dim, elusive in the beginning. But as the poet goes on giving it a thought the ideas get conceptualized and it’s captured permanently as poetry on the page.

  • Paul Butters (10/11/2009 8:23:00 AM)

    A great poet. Cannot access his poems here now however.

  • Tapas Bandyopadhaya (9/12/2006 10:34:00 AM)

    Fabulous poem. I had dared to dream of a site where all poems would be of such a standard. But the democratic spirit of PoemHunter is also eminently admirable. However, Mary Angelou as the 2nd favourite poet after Neruda and Tagore coming at number 60 and Derek Walcott, I havent found him yet.

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