Crow : From the Life and Songs of the Crow Background

Crow : From the Life and Songs of the Crow Background

Crow, a book of poetry by Ted Hughes, was published in 1970 by the esteemed British publisher Faber and Faber. It is widely considered one of Hughes' most important works. Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow marks the second phase of Hughes' work, where he shifted to write more mythical narratives. This phase lasted from the 60s to the 70s. It was one of his most controversial works, channeling religion and humanism. Hughes' wrote Crow over the span of three years after the death of his wife Sylvia Plath.

The book is a collection of poems centered on the mythological figure of "Crow." This figure borrows from several mythologies, mostly Christian and trickster. Many of the essential poems in the collection can and are viewed as an attack on Christianity and religion.

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