Hughes is seen as a complex, multi-faceted writer, a great poet in the tradition of English nature poetry, who also sought inspiration from international sources, ancient and modern. His lifelong concern for language and his use of mythology and history are explored, while his poetic achievements are examined in context, together with his writing for children and his experiments with forms of theatre.
Susan Bassnett is Professor of Comparative Literature and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Warwick, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is the author of over twenty books including Translation Studies (3rd edition, 2003), Sylvia Plath: An Introduction to the Poetry (2006), and, as editor (with Peter Bush) The Translator as Writer (2006). She writes regularly for the national press and is a published poet and translator. Her most recent collection is Exchanging Lives (2002). She is currently completing a memoir.