Hughes, Ted


Bloody Mary’s venomous flames can curl;
They can shrivel sinew and char bone
Of foot, ankle, knee, thigh, and boil
Bowels, and drop his heart a cinder down;
And her soldiers can cry, as they hurl
Logs in the red rush: “This is her sermon.”

– Ted Hughes, “The Martyrdom of Bishop Ferrar”

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Read this interview with Ted Hughes from the Paris Review:

Paris Review – The Art of Poetry No. 71, Ted Hughes

The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers.

Farmers in the fields, housewives behind steamed windows,
Watch the burning aircraft across the blue sky float,
As if a firefly and a spider fought,
Far above the trees, between the washing hung out.
They wait with interest for the evening news.

– Ted Hughes, “The Casualty”

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Watch Ted Hughes discuss and read his work:

Ted Hughes interview and a reading from The Iron Man

Ted Hughes speaking about putting his stories to music and he reads an extract from The Iron Man.

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