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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry (October 14, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571099157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571099153
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Yorkshire. His first book, The Hawk in the Rain, was published in 1957 by Faber and Faber and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children, including The Iron Man (1968). He received the Whitbread Book of the Year for both Tales from Ovid (1997) and Birthday Letters (1998). He was Poet Laureate from 1984, and in 1998 he was appointed to the Order of Merit.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 30, 2007
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In this slim but powerful volume of poetry, Ted Hughes creates poems like bare bones, blood-blackened stones, jagged icicles, all that's defiant & frightened & forever struggling against a meaningless Universe & an often malevolent God. Crow is a figure of myth, a hungry, hardscrabble chaos of feathers & dark dreams -- sometimes a trickster, sometimes a victim, sometimes a guide, sometimes a Prometheus of sorts. He inhabits an utterly bleak world ... and yet, there's a tremendous energy & bare beauty to these poems. Crow is Death & also Life, setting himself against infinite forces, a battered symbol of soul & negation both. Not for every taste, of course, but recommended for those who view the pain & mystery of existence with an unblinking eye.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By amorfortuna2 on October 9, 2011
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This small book, full of repetitions, ambiguities and contrasts may change the way you think about writing and reading forever. It holds a dark mystery as it plays back and forth against itself and forward with momentum. Possesses a deep, raw quality unlike any other book. I was so amazed by the sheer audacity and mystery of this writing that I read about 5 more Ted Hughes books. Sadly, none of them really grabbed me. I have reread this a few times and it has never lost its energy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Padma Thornlyre on January 16, 2012
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Ted Hughes' "Crow" may well be my favorite 20th century book of poetry, and I purchased this copy to present as a Christmas present. Leonard Baskin's illustrations are stunning, and I was happy to find a copy through Amazon via a third party. However, despite the book being advertised on-line with Baskin's cover, the copy I was sent had a purely black cover, and Baskin's illustrations were not included in the edition I was sent (hence my 3-star ranking, instead of the 5 stars the book deserves). Because it was a Christmas gift, I did not have the time to return the item and request the edition I believed I had ordered.

All that being said, and with all due respect to his "Birthday Letters," Britain's former poet-laureate created his masterpiece with "Crow," introducing a volatile new character into the Garden of Eden who upsets and upends the order of things as we know it. Ted Hughes was a shaman of a poet, connected to darker energies and a mojo that by turns is sinister and hilarious. Not for the faint of heart, and certainly not for fundamentalists--Rick Santorum, beware! Infinitely more entertaining than King James, sexual, violent and irreverent, "Crow" is both a satire of one of the seed-myths of Middle Eastern culture (i.e., Genesis) and a gutsy interpolation into that myth of a "trickster" energy more akin to Coyote of the American Southwest than to anything biblical.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Onie Wheeler on September 6, 2007
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Eerie, Dark, Without Emotion is Ted Hughes' Crow. This small book of poetry takes us on a journey into the Stark and Selfish World of Crow. Crow defies all; even God.

It is not irony that Hughes dedicated this book to the memory of Assia and Shura.

At times it seems Crow is the personification of Hughes himself.

I find Crow to be a very beautiful, albeit nihilistic book of verse.
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