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Replacing Ted Hughes

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Replacing Ted Hughes

Replacing Ted Hughes

Replacing Ted Hughes

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Jennifer Ludden reports that the death of Britain's poet laureate Ted Hughes has sparked a debate on how to modernize the role and pick someone who speaks to 'real people.' The title of poet laureate dates back to the 17th century and is traditionally bestowed by the monarch. The annual salary for the job is only $160 and a case of wine.

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