Ted Hughes (1930-1998)
Poetry is the voice of spirit and imagination and all that is potential, as well as of the healing benevolence that used to be the privilege of the gods.
This gives a little insight into the characters Hughes chose. The animals were used by Hughes as his persona. He lived through his characters, the animals. The animals brought Hughes to life. For example, in the poem The Horses Hughes learns what type of human he wants to be based off the horses actions during a cold, still morning.
The frost showed its fires. But still they made no sound. Not one snorted or stamped...
He is comparing humans to horses. Learning from the patient horse.