Stone the crow

I never thought much of Ted Hughes’s poetry. He wrote no memorable lines and was an unworthy Poet Laureate, the post falling into his hands after John Betjeman’s death only because the best and most popular versifier of the late 20th century, Philip Larkin, ruled himself out of contention.

  • By Ralph Sinclair
  • 06 Feb 2014
At school, a teacher introduced us to Hughes with a vinyl recording in class of passages taken from his collection, “Crow”. Now, as I remember, that crumbling inner-city comprehensive in that grim, northern metropolis in the 1980s, with its workaday violence and casual racism, was bleak enough without ...

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