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Ted Hughes 'should be honoured in Poets' Corner'

2nd December 2009

Ted Hughes should be commemorated in Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner, according to a group of writers, friends and academics.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Seamus Heaney said that Hughes should become the first poet to receive a plaque in the abbey since Sir John Betjeman in 1984.

Heaney described Hughes as a 'visionary' who had become one of the 'vital presences' of poetry in the 20th century.

'When he began to write, he had a deep sense of himself as inheritor and guardian of the land and language of William Blake and William Shakespeare,' he told the newspaper.

Author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg backed the campaign, telling The Times that he admires Hughes' work - especially how he encouraged children to take an interest in poetry.

Former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion said the case for Hughes being remembered in Poets' Corner is 'unambiguous'.

The decision rests solely with the Very Rev Dr John Hall, the dean of Westminster, who is said to be considering the request.

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