Ted Hughes (1930 – 1998) was a major British poet of the twentieth century. Born in Yorkshire, his poems draw on the natural world in which he grew up hunting and fishing around farms and moors. He was married to the American poet Sylvia Plath until her death in 1963. He published numerous collections of poetry to unanimous critical acclaim and was an inspiration and mentor to many younger poets. In 1984 he was appointed Poet Laureate, a position he held until his death.