T.S. Eliot, Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning… Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey commemorates the best and brightest British poets. And now, acclaimed and beloved poet, Ted Hughes, will be honoured.
Everyone knows Ted Hughes, right? Whether for his marriage to Sylvia Plath and resulting book Birthday Letters, his stint as poet laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998, or his first book of poems in 1957, Hawk in the Rain. Hughes is loved and admired throughout the ages, writing with beauty and humour and honesty. Children connect with his poetry, perhaps as their first introduction to the genre, and continue to adore his style throughout their lives.
It was T.S. Eliot who believed in Hughes enough to first publish him, and they remained firm friends. It seems only fitting, then, that Ted Hughes’ memorial stone will be placed just under his mentor’s in the Abbey.
What do you think of Ted Hughes being added to this prestigious list? Who would you like to see added to Poet’s Corner?