Stern   Dedicated to the memory of Ted Hughes, the piece is concerned with poets: their differing backgrounds and cultures, the respect felt, the reverence generated, the tributes due. Heaney has posed a question to Hughes about meeting T.S. Eliot. Heaney quotes Hughes’ actual response (confirmed via Dennis O’Donnells Stepping Stones, p.406): like standing on a quay/ Watching the prow […]