Ted Hughes : His poems have hung in my mind like slowly rotating crystals since my time in Capetown, with their indelible images and unforgettable similes, and that’s a long time now. Perhaps because he’s dead now, and because others are being more feted currently, I’m mildly and strangely defensive about his inclusion here, but his work still resonates strongly and clearly at every encounter,and that’s the pudding proved.

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Ted Hughes