Philip Larkin has emerged as one of England's towering literary figures. Here, he has always been kept at a safe but praising distance, something The Complete Poems hopes to change. It's something I would like to change, too.
Ted Hughes is probably best known in this country as the husband of Sylvia Plath, but across the pond he is remembered as one of the great poets of the last half-century. On Tuesday night he was celebrated with a memorial in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.