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Last time at the National, Peter Hall staged The Oresteia, in a new translation by Tony Harrison, with a chorus in masks, which stressed how remote and different these people were. This time at the National, Katie Mitchell has staged The Oresteia, in a new version by another Yorkshire poet - this time, Ted Hughes - with a chorus that spins round in wheelchairs and uses a typewriter, tape-recorder and cigarettes to show us how just- like-you-and-me these people are.

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TED HUGHES made an outstanding contribution to the development of university adult education and lifelong learning, which he saw passionately as an instrument for social justice.

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`A nice fellow. He'll do it well'

IF EVER a man was destined to be damned with faint praise it was the poet Andrew Motion yesterday. The news of his appointment as Poet Laureate drew a muted reaction from his peers, with little in the way of enthusiastic approval,

Leading article: New laureate won't put our poetry in motion

IF THE position of poet laureate did not exist, new Labour would hardly invent it - it is much too intimately entwined with the Crown and the Establishment to be comfortable. But the country has had a laureate since the days of Charles I, and the previous incumbent, the magnificent Ted Hughes, made the position matter, so the Government has had to find a poet to take up his pen.

Hughes translated into memory

THE VOICE of Ted Hughes, the late Poet Laureate, echoed around Westminster Abbey yesterday, with the poignant, and prescient lines: "Golden lads and girls all must/As chimney sweepers, come to dust."

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