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Ted Hughes

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Hughes in later life
Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom
In office
28 December 1984 – 28 October 1998
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by John Betjeman
Succeeded by Andrew Motion
Personal details
Edward James Hughes

(1930-08-17)17 August 1930
Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, England
Died 28 October 1998(1998-10-28) (aged 68)
London, England
Cause of death Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
Nationality English
  • Sylvia Plath
    (m. 1956; her death 1963)
  • Carol Orchard
    (m. 1970; his death 1998)
Domestic partner Assia Wevill (1962–1969)
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge
Occupation Poet, playwright, writer

Ted Hughes (17 August 1930 – 28 October 1998) was an English poet and writer of children's stories.

Hughes is considered one of the most significant and innovative English poets of recent times. His work is deeply reliant upon myth and the bardic tradition.

He was born in Mytholmroyd, West Riding of Yorkshire.

Hughes studied English, anthropology and archaeology at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

He was married to the American poet Sylvia Plath from 1956 until her death in 1963.

His first collection of poetry Hawk in the Rain (1957) attracted considerable critical acclaim. His most significant work is perhaps Crow (1970).

Tales from Ovid (1997) contains a selection of free verse translations from Ovid's Metamorphoses. Birthday Letters (1998), published a few weeks before his death, consists of 88 poems describing his relationship with his wife Plath.

He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1984 following the death of John Betjeman.

Hughes's children's book The Iron Man became the basis of Pete Townshend's rock opera of the same name and the animated film The Iron Giant.

Hughes died on October 28, 1998, after an 18-month-long battle with liver cancer.

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