Aspects of Ted Hughes’ Poetic Thought


  • Ann Mary B The English and Foreign Languages University Hyderabad, Telangana, India
  • Prof. T Nageswara Rao Associate Professor Indian and World Literatures The English and Foreign Languages University Hyderabad, Telangana, India


Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Animal poet, Children’s poet, Confessional


Perhaps better known as animal poet, Ted Hughes’ poems are but variegated in theme, style and approach. This paper focuses on various aspects that can be understood from his poetry such as his strained love life, the animal poems and those written for children. His strenuous married life with Sylvia Plath surfaces in certain poems leaving the rest for the readers to deliberate. This marriage, the love debacle did have considerable impact on his life as well poetry, which displays a sense of mystery and contradictions regarding various facts still unknown to us. His better known poems centre around animals either as theme or subject but with significant connotations underlying. At many instances the poem and the theme intertwines; the poem becomes the poet’s intercession to arrange the disordered array of thoughts. The poems written for children are significantly different from the rest in all aspects. Parental instincts surfaces here; every line commands the attention of the child to a wholesome experience.


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B, A. M., & Rao, P. T. N. (2019). Aspects of Ted Hughes’ Poetic Thought. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 7(7), 18. Retrieved from