His childhood was quiet and dominately rural.
When he was seven years old his family moved to the small town of Mexborough in South Yorkshire, and the landscape of the moors of that area informed his poetry throughout his life. After high school, Hughes entered the Royal Air Force and served for two years as a ground wireless mechanic. He then moved to Cambridge to attend Pembroke College on an academic scholarship. While in college he published a few poems, majored in Anthropolgy and Archaeology, and studied mythologies extensively.
Hughes graduated from Cambridge in A few years later, inhe cofounded the literary magazine St. At the launch party for the magazine, he met Sylvia Plath.
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A few short months later, on June 16,they were married. The judges— Marianne MooreW. Audenand Stephen Spender —awarded the manuscript first prize, and it was published in England and America into much critical praise.
They returned to England inand their first child, Freida, was born the following year. Their second child, Nicholas, was born two years later. Less than a year later, Plath committed suicide. InWevill gave birth to their only child, Shura.
Four years later, like Plath, she also commited suicide, killing Shura as well. The following year, inHughes married Carol Orchard, with whom he remained married until his death.
His books of poems include: Hughes's work is marked by a mythical framework, using the lyric and dramatic monologue to illustrate intense subject matter. Animals appear frequently throughout his work as deity, metaphor, persona, and icon. Perhaps the most famous of his subjects is "Crow," an amalgam of god, bird and man, whose existence seems pivotal to the knowledge of good and evil.
He passed away in October 28,in Devonshire, England, from cancer. Texts about this Poet: When Two Poets Fall in Love.
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