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Ted Hughes honored with Poets' Corner memorial in Westminster Abbey

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A Stonemason lays a new memorial to Poet Laureate Ted Hughes in Poets' Corner inside Westminster Abbey on Dec. 2, 2011 in London, England. The Welsh slate carved memorial, to the former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes who died in 1998, sits in Poets' Corner alongside other British literary giants including Lord Alfred Tennyson, D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot and William Shakespeare. It will be unveiled at a ceremony in Westminster Abbey tomorrow evening with guests including his widow, Carol Hughes, and poet Seamus Heaney attending.

I'm not much of a poetry fan, but these images of the memorial to Ted Hughes in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey remind one of the rich tradition of British literature. The photo (below) of Hughes unveiling a memorial to WWI poets in 1985 is a bit ironic: his memorial today sits next to that one.

As Reuters reports:

It may seem like a long 13 years after his death that Ted Hughes was honoured in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey, but compared with other literary greats like Shakespeare and Byron, the wait was relatively short.

A service will be held on Tuesday to unveil the memorial stone, which features an extract from his poem "That Morning": "So we found the end of our journey, So we stood alive in the river of light, Among the creatures of light, creatures of light."

Worshippers will hear an extract from a letter Hughes wrote to his then wife, the American poet Sylvia Plath, in 1956, shortly after they married and seven years before she took her own life, aged 30.

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11th November 1985: Poet Laureat Ted Hughes (1930 - 1998) unveils a memorial to WWI poets at Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey.

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A view of a new memorial to Poet Laureate Ted Hughes in Poets' Corner inside Westminster Abbey on December 2, 2011 in London, England.