Contains 68 poems. Drawings by Leonard Baskin. Edward James "Ted" Hughes, (1930 - 1998) was an English poet and children's writer. Critics routinely rank him as one of the best poets of his generation. Hughes was British Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death. Hughes was married to American poet Sylvia Plath, from 1956 until her suicide in 1963 at the age of 30.