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Poet Simon Armitage talks about reading Hughes as a child and, later, finding an unexpected tenderness the poet's work

Poet Simon Armitage talks about reading Ted Hughes as a child and, later, finding an unexpected in tenderness the poet's work. This essay includes a close reading of Hughes' poem Full Moon and Little Frieda.

It's 20 years this month since the death of Ted Hughes, we are still arguing about his legacy. In a new series of the Radio 3 Essay, leading poets bring a sharp eye to the poems themselves, reminding us why Hughes is regarded as one of the Twentieth Century's greatest writers, and exploring how the works match up to, inform and contradict what we know of the man.

Recorded before a live audience at the BBC's Contains Strong Language Festival in Hull.

Written and read by Simon Armitage
Produced by Simon Richardson

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