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Where is the Black Beast?

Advantages: Dark and wondrous.
Disadvantages: Kinda short. Leaves you wanting more...

...Overview Crow: From the life and songs of the Crow is a collection of poems detailing the life of fictional character Crow, written in 1970 by former poet laureate Ted Hughes. It is regarded as one of the crowning achievements of a long and distinguishe ...

thegoldencat 29.01.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Crow (From the Life and Songs of the Crow) - Ted Hughes

The black shadow of Crow will haunt you.

Advantages: Intensely profound and thought provoking poetry.
Disadvantages: Dark and gloomy.

There are few collections of poetry which are as brutal and daring as this. Crow, to me, represents the ego. These poems explore our relationship with Nature and come to the conclusions that the world is a brutal and harsh place. From Crow's Theology: ...

drewish 10.04.2005 · Read full review
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Review of Crow (From the Life and Songs of the Crow) - Ted Hughes

Poetry or Prying?

Advantages: It will make you believe in love.
Disadvantages: You may feel you are prying.

Ted Hughes was always reticent about his marraige to Sylvia Plath and it seems beautifully appropriate that he should finally choose to talk about it in poetry. The poetry itself is polished, moving and thought-provoking but I suspect the real interest li ...

Narda 22.01.2006 · Read full review
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Review of Birthday Letters - Ted Hughes

Letters to Sylvia

Advantages: fantastic use of language
Disadvantages: sometimes hard going to read.

I bought this book several years ago and have been unable to put it down since! It is an honest and fascinating account of Ted Hughes ultimately tragic relationship with the American Poet Sylvia Plath. The couple met at Cambridge University in 1956 and ma ...

cora_95 04.11.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Birthday Letters - Ted Hughes

Emotional rollercoaster

Advantages: Ted Hughes at his best
Disadvantages: May need to read some of the poems over and over

Whether or not you are a fan of the late former Poet Laureate,it has to be said that he was a master of style and linguistic technique.The poems in this collection are,of course,addressed directly to his late wife,the American poet Sylvia Plath,and were w ...

Suzan 18.10.2000 · Read full review
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Review of Birthday Letters - Ted Hughes