Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow (Faber Library)

Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow (Faber Library) Review

Crow was Ted Hughes's fourth book of poems for adults and a pivotal moment in his writing career. In it, he found both a structure and a persona that gave his vision a new power and coherence. A. Alvarez wrote in the Observer, 'Each fresh encounter with despair becomes the occasion for a separate, almost funny, story in which natural forces and creatures, mythic figures, even parts of the body, act out their special roles, each endowed with its own irrepressible life. With Crow, Hughes joins the select band of survivor-poets whose work is adequate to the destructive reality we inhabit.'

Title:Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow (Faber Library)
Edition Language:English

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  • Paul Bryant

    TimelineSuicide of Ted Hughes’s wife Sylvia Plath, 1963Suicide of Ted Hughes’ current partner Assia Wevill, 1969Publication of Crow, 1970This is the context for the screeching brutality, ugliness ...

  • BrokenTune

    Hey Crow,With all your self-obsessed aloofness,your lack of empathy and whimsy,you're a misrepresentation of all crows.Yours,PigeonAh, well, it was only a matter of time before I crossed paths with Te...

  • Vanessa

    This collection. What can I say? It's beautiful, and one that I really want to re-read very soon, because I feel like each reading will bring me a brand new experience.I'd never read any of Ted Hughes...

  • Edward

    Publisher's Note--Two Legends--Lineage--Examination at the Womb-door--A Kill--Crow and Mama--The Door--A Childish Prank--Crow's First Lesson--Crow Alights--That Moment--Crow Hears Fate Knock on the Do...

  • Pink

    In all honesty, this was just okay for me. I'm sure it's worthy of a 5 star rating, as it feels like a masterpiece of poetry. Unfortunately most of it went over my head. ...

  • Kasandra

    One of those "classics" I'd not yet gotten around to reading, this is an amazingly dark and intense book, full of surreal and haunting imagery, but not without wry humor. It contains real horror and ...

  • Xio

    February 17thA lamb could not get born. Ice windOut of a downpour dishclout sunrise. The motherLay on the muddied slope. Harried, she got upAnd the blackish lump bobbed at her back-endUnder her tail. ...

  • Neil

    Let me begin by saying I am not a reader of poetry. In fact, I am struggling to remember ever before reading a whole book of poems. I think the closest I have come is poetry studied as part of an Engl...

  • John

    I decided to give this book a "re-read" after many years. I always felt that of solitary books of poetry, it is one of the greatest published in the 20th century. If you look at it even through the pr...

  • Andrew

    I rarely read poetry, but I enjoyed this strange little book by Ted Hughes. It's full of dark imagery, violence and unexpected humour. The poems read like myths of the origins of the world, except tha...