Back up to: The Essay
Poet Simon Armitage talks about finding an unexpected in tenderness Ted Hughes's work.
Poet Zaffar Kunial explores Ted Hughes's personal obsession with dates and anniversaries.
Poet Karen McCarthy Woolf on finding solace in Hughes's work during a troubled childhood.
Sean O'Brien returns to his native Hull to consider the work of two very different poets.
Poet Helen Mort reads Hughes's poems about creatures in light of her own animal phobia.