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Crow by Ted Hughes
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May 20, 07

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Read in January, 2007

In native American culture in particular, the Crow was seen as the eternal trickster, even a figure of malice in the forms of the Universe. In this pivitol collection, Hughes appropriates the Crow's mythic role and uses it as a mocking narrator to journey the horrors of the Twentieth Century, including the repressive events of Eastern Europe and the violent incursion of technology and post industrialisation into nature's den. There is a sadism in these poems, that initially arrests the reader, but coupled with the Crow's primordial nihilsim, a clever dark comedy is achieved by the time we reach the final lines...

One of Ted's best.
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