Hughes That Morning

December 7, 2011 by staff 

Hughes That Morning, Former British poet laureate Ted Hughes is being honoured with a memorial stone in Poets’ Corner in London’s Westminster Abbey.

A floor stone engraved with his name and an excerpt from his poem That Morning is being unveiled in the abbey on Tuesday. The tribute sits at the foot of a stone commemorating his publisher, mentor and fellow writer T.S. Eliot.

Poets’ Corner honours 111 British writers and began with Geoffrey Chaucer, who was buried there in 1400 because he had served as Clerk of the Works at the Palace of Westminster nearby. Around 1550, a magnificent tomb was built for Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales.

When, in 1599, The Fairie Queene author Edmund Spenser was buried also nearby, it became a tradition to honour writers in the same spot. Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Johnson, Rudyard Kipling, John Masefield and Alfred Tennyson are among the writers interred at Westminster.

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