17/08/2012 04:45 BST

Ted Hughes Readings And Quotes Commemorate Poet's Birthday (AUDIO AND PHOTOS)

Yes, we're getting out the poetical cake again and lighting some candles because today is Ted Hughes' birthday!

And, thanks to our friends at Faber, we've got lots of Hughesian treats, photos and readings for you to enjoy while thinking of the late, great poet.

Hughes, who was Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998, is one of the country's best-loved poets. His best known collection is Birthday Letters, which looks at the turbulent relationship with American poet Sylvia Plath and her suicide.

Ted Hughes and his wife Sylvia Plath in Paris, 1956

We've got a recording of Hughes reading his earliest poem, 'The Thought Fox', as well as 'The Harvest Moon', both of which pick up on the themes of the brutality and beauty of nature which permeated his early work.

So happy birthday, Ted!

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