Quotes by Ted Hughes

"The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn't live boldly enough, that they didn't invest enough heart, didn't love enough. Nothing else really counts at all."

"What’s writing really about? It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life."

"Nobody wanted your dance,
Nobody wanted your strange glitter, your floundering
Drowning life and your effort to save yourself,
Treading water, dancing the dark turmoil,
Looking for something to give."

"What happens in the heart, simply happens"

"He could not stand. It was not
That he could not thrive, he was born
With everything but the will –
That can be deformed, just like a limb.
Death was more interesting to him.
Life could not get his attention."


Books by Ted Hughes

  • Come vi piace
  • 73,259 ratings
  • 2012 by Mondadori

    (first published 1599)

  • Ariel
  • 57,778 ratings
  • 2003 by De Bezige Bij

    (first published January 1st 1966)

  • The Oresteia
  • 36,209 ratings
  • August 1st 1999 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    (first published -458)

  • Diari
  • 19,217 ratings
  • 2004 by Adelphi

    (first published April 1st 2000)

  • Blood Wedding
  • 15,724 ratings
  • September 23rd 1996 by Faber and Faber

    (first published 1932)

  • Phèdre
  • 15,375 ratings
  • September 7th 1998 by Faber Faber

    (first published 1676)

Ted Hughes
  • Ted Hughes

  • Date of birth: August 17, 1930
  • Died: October 28, 1998
  • Born: in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, The United Kingdom.

  • Description: Edward James Hughes was an English poet and children's writer, known as Ted Hughes. His most characteristic verse is without sentimentality, emphasizing the cunning and savagery of animal life in harsh, sometimes disjunctive lines.

    The dialect of Hughes's native West Riding area of Yorkshire set the tone of his verse. At Pembroke College, Cambridge, he found folklore and anthropology of particular interest, a concern that was reflected in a number of his poems. In 1956 he married the American poet Sylvia Plath. The couple made a visit to the United States in 1957, the year that his first volume of verse, The Hawk in the Rain , was published. Other works soon followed. Hughes stopped writing poetry almost completely for almost three years following Plath's suicide in 1963 (the couple had separated earlier), but thereafter he published prolifically, often in collaboration with photographers and illustrators, as in Under the North Star (1981). He wrote many volumes for children, including Remains of Elmet (1979), in which he recalled the world of his childhood. From 1965 he was co-editor of the magazine Modern Poetry in Translation in London. Some of Hughes's essays on subjects of literary and cultural criticism were published as Winter Pollen (1994). After decades of silence on the subject of his marriage to Plath, Hughes addressed it in the poems of Birthday Letters (1998). In 1984 he was appointed Britain's poet laureate.Ted Hughes was the father of Frieda Hughes and the brother of Gerald Hughes.