The Bell Jar

Herman Grewal
May 18th, 2011
The Bell Jar Research Paper
Mr. Kindle
10:00 class
The Bell Jar Research Paper
Edward James Hughes, more famously known as Ted Hughes, was married to Sylvia Plath prior to her suicide and has been thought to be the reason for her suicide.   Hughes was an English poet and children’s writer.   He is considered to be one of the best poets of his time and was given the title of British Poet Laureate, which is rewarded only to best of writers.   In 2008, The Times ranked Hughes fourth on their list of “The 50 Greatest British writers since 1945”.
Hughes was born on August 17th, 1930, in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire.   He was raised on a farm and this greatly built his imagination.   He is noted for saying that, “my first six years shaped everything”.   At the age of seven his family moved to Mexborough, South Yorkshire.   There he attended Mexborough Grammar School, which was where he was encouraged to write, and his interest in poetry grew.   In 1946, one of his early poems, “Wild West”, was published in the school magazine, The Don and Dearn.   Then, in 1948, Hughes won an open exhibition in English at Pembroke College, Cambridge.   The following year, he did two years of National Service, where he was stationed as a ground wireless mechanic.   There he spent most of his time reading and rereading all of Shakespeare.
After the National Service, Hughes went to study English at Pembroke College.   In his third year, he transferred to anthropology and archaeology, but he didn’t excel as a scholar.   After college, Hughes held many different jobs including: rose gardener, night watchman, even worked at a zoo, and was a reader for the British film company, J. Arthur Rank.   In 1956, Hughes and his friends held a launch party for the St. Botolph’s Review.   There, Hughes met the American Poet, Sylvia Plath.   They soon began dating and were married at St. George the Martyr Holborn, on June 16th, 1956, just four months after they met.   Hughes commented...