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    DescriptionCrow 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'.

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    From the Life and Songs of the Crow
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ted Hughes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 112
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 141 g
    ISBN 13: 9780571099153
    ISBN 10: 0571099157

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    DC19: 821.914
    Libri: B-085
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    BISAC V2.8: POE005020
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Imprint name
    Faber & Faber Poetry
    Publication date
    03 September 2001
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    Author Information
    Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Yorkshire. His first book, The Hawk in the Rain, was published in 1957 by Faber & Faber and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children. He received the Whitbread Book of the Year for two consecutive years for his last published collections of poetry, 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.
    Review text
    In Ted Hughes' latest book of poems, Crow's existence is as indeterminate as his landscape, a galactic emptiness mysteriously flashing images of cities, beasts, demons, bullets, Biblical figures. It and he bring one very close to "nature red in tooth and claw" and the original business of eating or being eaten. Crow's lears and rages are elemental, and his cruelties as guiltless as an animal's; yet he uses numbers for vivisection and hunts with words, and deals cocksurely with Death and God (going so far as to eat a chunk of Him), whose attributes he shares. . . . A visceral understanding is the best one can hope for, and with the aid of chant-like forms and tom-tom rhythms it is relatively easy to achieve. That's not all that's visceral, however, as readers of Hughes' previous books well know. Some will certainly conclude that his highly praised "exuberantly horrid imagination" is not worth the blood it drips, but pro or con this latest example will be talked about and in no moderate terms. (Kirkus Reviews)