Ted Hughes

(1930 - 1998 / West Yorkshire / England)

Ted Hughes Poems

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1. A Woman Unconscious 1/13/2003
2. Bride And Groom Lie Hidden For Three Days 1/3/2003
3. Crow's Fall 1/1/2004
4. Crow's Nerve Fails 1/3/2003
5. Daffodils 10/16/2005
6. Examination At The Womb-Door 1/3/2003
7. Full Moon And Little Frieda 1/3/2003
8. Hawk Roosting 1/3/2003
9. How To Paint A Water Lily 1/1/2004
10. Lineage 1/3/2003
11. Lovesong 1/3/2003
12. Macaw And Little Miss 1/3/2003
13. Old Age Gets Up 1/3/2003
14. Pike 10/16/2005
15. Relic 10/16/2005
16. September 1/3/2003
17. The Child Is Father To The Man 2/20/2015
18. The Harvest Moon 1/3/2003
19. The Minotaur 1/1/2004
20. The Owl 1/3/2003
21. The Seven Sorrows 10/16/2005
22. The Thought-Fox 1/3/2003
23. The Warm And The Cold 1/3/2003
24. Theology 1/3/2003
25. Thistles 1/3/2003
26. Thrushes 1/1/2004
27. Tractor 1/3/2003
28. Wind 1/3/2003
29. Work And Play 1/3/2003

Comments about Ted Hughes

  • Manju Shree (2/22/2010 5:52:00 AM)

    It’s quite interesting that Hughes has chosen fox to trace the stirrings of poetical ideas in his mind. Fox is a sly animal, very slippery. Not to be caught easily. It always tries to hoodwink the hunters and other animals. It’s somewhat elusive. So is also the poetry. The poetical ideas appear dim, elusive in the beginning. But as the poet goes on giving it a thought the ideas get conceptualized and it’s captured permanently as poetry on the page.

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  • Paul Butters Paul Butters (10/11/2009 8:23:00 AM)

    A great poet. Cannot access his poems here now however.

  • Tapas Bandyopadhaya (9/12/2006 10:34:00 AM)

    Fabulous poem. I had dared to dream of a site where all poems would be of such a standard. But the democratic spirit of PoemHunter is also eminently admirable. However, Mary Angelou as the 2nd favourite poet after Neruda and Tagore coming at number 60 and Derek Walcott, I havent found him yet.

Best Poem of Ted Hughes


He loved her and she loved him.
His kisses sucked out her whole past and future or tried to
He had no other appetite
She bit him she gnawed him she sucked
She wanted him complete inside her
Safe and sure forever and ever
Their little cries fluttered into the curtains

Her eyes wanted nothing to get away
Her looks nailed down his hands his wrists his elbows
He gripped her hard so that life
Should not drag her from that moment
He wanted all future to cease
He wanted to topple with his arms round her
Off that moment's brink and into nothing ...

Read the full of Lovesong

The Harvest Moon

The flame-red moon, the harvest moon,
Rolls along the hills, gently bouncing,
A vast balloon,
Till it takes off, and sinks upward
To lie on the bottom of the sky, like a gold doubloon.
The harvest moon has come,
Booming softly through heaven, like a bassoon.
And the earth replies all night, like a deep drum.

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