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A collection of quotations by Ted Hughes on fear, love, heart, regret, writing, poetry, dancing, life, suicide, dreams, Sylvia, memories, children and pain.

32 Great Ted Hughes Quotes Worth Knowing

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Poet and Children's Writer

Born On
17 August 1930 AD

Died On
28 October 1998 AD

Born In
Mytholmroyd

Died At Age
68

Ted Hughes was an English Poet, honored as the Poet Laureate of England. He was born with the talent of writing and was determined to become a poet since his school days. Within a year of graduating from Cambridge, he co-launched the literary magazine ‘St. Botolph's Review’ which published many of his poems. His poetry book ‘The Hawk in the Rain’ won the first position at the ‘Poetry Center’s First Publication Book Contest’. This book was released both in US and England and was greatly appreciated by the masses. He further turned to writing children’s literature and published ‘Meet My Folks’ which was the first of the 18 books he wrote for children. His most notable work for children was ‘The Iron Man: A Children's Story in Five Nights’ which turned out to be a huge hit and the character has been adapted in various movies. His most acclaimed poetry book was ‘Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow’ which was inspired from mythology. He won various awards including the renowned ‘T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry’ and was appointed a member of the 'order of merit' by Queen Elizabeth. Here is a collection of most notable quotations and sayings by the great poet that you will surely enjoy. Go through these quotes by Ted Hughes which will compel you to rethink about life from a different perspective.

Across clearings, an eye, A widening deepening greenness, Brilliantly, concentratedly, Coming about its own business.

- Selected Poems, Ted Hughes

Even the most misfitting child Who's chanced upon the library's worth, Sits with the genius of the Earth And turns the key to the whole world. --"Hear It Again

- Collected Poems, Ted Hughes

Their homeopathic letters, Envelopes full of carefully broken glass To lodge behind your eyes so you would see

- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes

And maybe a ghost, trying to hear your words,/ Peered from the broken mullions/ And was stilled. Or was suddenly aflame/ With the scorch of doubled envy. Only/ Gradually quenched in understanding.

- Ted Hughes

So this was the reverse of dazzling Nauset. The flip of the coin - the flip of an ocean fallen Dream-face down. And here, at my feet, in the suds, The other face, the real, staring upwards.

- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes

And if you don’t accept my challenge,” shouted the Iron Man, “then you’re a miserable cowardly reptile, not fit to bother with.

- The Iron Man, Ted Hughes

And as if reporting some felony to the police they let you know you were not John Donne.

- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes

I invoked you, bribing Fate to produce you. Were you conjuring me? I had no idea How I was becoming necessary, Or what emergency surgery Fate would make Of my casual self-service.

- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes

To hatch a crow, a black rainbow Bent in emptiness over emptiness But flying

- Ted Hughes

Day by day his sister grew Paler with the wound She could not see or touch or feel, as I dressed it Each day with her blue Breton jacket. - from Life After Death

- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes

But the jewel you lost was blue.

- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes

So we found the end of our journey. So we stood, alive in the river of light, Among the creatures of light, creatures of light.

- River, Ted Hughes

And you will never know what a battle I fought to keep the meaning of my words Solid with the world we were making.

- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes

The world's decay where the wind's hands have passed, And my head, worn out with love, at rest In my hands, and my hands full of dust.

- Ted Hughes

You were overloaded. I said nothing. I said nothing. The stone man made soup. The burning woman drank it.

- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes

You could become internationally famous - you're Gemini, and according to antique authority have a literary talent, which of course your letters prove.

- Ted Hughes

Where are the gods the gods hate us the gods have run away the gods have hidden in holes the gods are dead of the plague they rot and stink too there never were any gods there’s only death

- Seneca's Oedipus, Ted Hughes

He was his own leftover, the spat-out scrag. He was what his brain could make nothing of.

- Ted Hughes

Show him every dawn & read to him endlessly.

- Letters of Ted Hughes, Ted Hughes

In the pit of red You hid from the bone-clinic whiteness But the jewel you lost was blue.

- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes

I shall also take you forth and carve our names together in a yew tree, haloed with stars...

- Letters of Ted Hughes, Ted Hughes

The wolf is living for the earth.

- Ted Hughes

Do as you like with me. I'm your parcel. I have only our address on me. Open me, or readdress me.

- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes

Applause is the beginning of abuse

- Ted Hughes

What happened casually remains -

- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes

The Shell The sea fills my ear with sand and with fear. You may wash out the sand, but never the sound of the ghost of the sea that is haunting me.

- The Mermaid's Purse: poems by Ted Hughes, Ted Hughes

There is no better way to know us Than as two wolves, come separately to a wood.

- Ted Hughes

What’s writing really about? It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life.

- Ted Hughes

You are who you choose to be.

- The Iron Man, Ted Hughes

The dreamer in her Had fallen in love with me and she did not know it. That moment the dreamer in me Fell in love with her and I knew it

- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes

What happens in the heart, simply happens

- Ted Hughes

Nobody wanted your dance, Nobody wanted your strange glitter, your floundering Drowning life and your effort to save yourself, Treading water, dancing the dark turmoil, Looking for something to give.

- Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes