"By Heart" is dedicated to the proposition that a great, traditional, but now sadly neglected skill, the memorizing of poetry, is capable of being revived. A short introduction explains how, and the body of the work is 101 great poems spanning 4 centuries and ranging from Shakespeare and Keats through to Auden and Heaney, offering a 'mental gymnasium' in which the memory can be exercised and trained in the most pleasurable way.
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Ted Hughes was born in Yorkshire. His first book, THE HAWK IN THE RAIN, was published in 1957. Since then he has published many volumes of poetry and prose. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1984.
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