Friday, August 17, 2012
Ted Hughes was British Poet Laureate
It is the birthday of English poet Ted Hughes (1930), who served as Britain's Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998. He was married to American poet Sylvia Plath for seven years until she committed suicide at age 30. Some American feminists blame Hughes for Plath's death, saying he drove her to it. Plath had suffered from bouts of depression and had attempted suicide long before she met Hughes. Ted Hughes is considered among the greatest British writers. His best known work is the epic narrative The Life and Songs of the Crow. Here is a recording of Hughes on the topic of thinking.