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            Ted Hughes (1930-1998)

                      Perfect Light

First Line: There you are, in all your innocence,

This poem was first published in in 1998. As such, it is protected by copyright and cannot be displayed without permission of the copyright holder.

It can be found, for example, in:

  • Hughes, Ted. Birthday Letters. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998.

    In many ways, Perfect Light is singularly unlike the other poems in Birthday Letters. Ted Hughes married Sylvia Plath in 1956. Their daughter was born in April of 1960, their son in January of 1962. They separated later in 1962, and she committed suicide on February 11, 1963.

    Sylvia Plath was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1982. Ted Hughes was appointed Poet Laureate of England in 1984.