A Brief Look at Ted Hughes

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“What happens in the heart simply happens” is a famous quote from Ted Hughes. Ted Hughes was a man of love. Hughes was known for many of his children books and famous poems. Hughes is also greatly known for holding the title of British Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death. Love was an important aspect of Ted Hughes life and two poems: Love Song and September. Ted Hughes was born August 17, 1930 in Yorkshire, England. His parents were Edith Hughes and William Henry. His father was a carpenter. Hughes had two siblings Owlyn and Gerald Hughes. At the age 7 Hughes family moved to Mexborough and Hughes began collecting toy lead creatures.(1-1) After high school Hughes entered the Royal Air Force where he served two years as a ground wireless mechanic. Once Hughes was discharged from the Air Force he attended Pembroke College where he studied English on an academic scholarship. Hughes met Sylvia Plath while attending Pembroke. He graduated in 1954 and married Plath two years later.(1-2) Plath encouraged most of Hughes works and was a very supportive wife. Plath and Hughes had their first child Frieda in 1960.(1-3) Two years later their second child Nichols was born. In 1962 Hughes divorced Plath for Assia Gutmann Wevill. Less than a year later, Plath committed suicide. In 1965 Assia gave birth to her and Hughes only child Shura. In 1969 Assia committed suicide, also killing Shura.(2-1) In 1970 Hughes met and married Carol Orchard.(2-2) They stayed happily married until his

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