Analysis Of Crow Blacker Than Ever By Ted Hughes

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One of the famous figure of 20th century British poetry, Ted Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire in 1930. After serving as in the Royal Air Force, Hughes attended Cambridge, where he studied archeology and anthropology, taking a special interest in myths and legends. In 1956 he met and married the American poet Sylvia Plath, who encouraged him to submit his manuscript to a first book contest run by The Poetry Center. Ted Hughes was very passionate by animals, nature, myths and he used them in drawing different types human behavior. In 1970, he published Crow, a collection of exceptional poems that is a turn from his previous work. Crow was the first sequence of poems in which Hughes began to create using folk-mythology of his own…show more content…
Hughes creates these ideas with the use of animal imagery “Crow Blacker Than Ever”, which reproduce the creation of the myth and bring to mind the first and second chapters of the book of Genesis from the Bible. Ted Hughes studied very well the Genesis for its underneath history, he is using its set and cast to reveal the true drama that is hidden in the text. In ''Crow Blacker than Ever'' Hughes analyses the consequences for the relationship between man and God after the eating of the forbidden fruit. Things looked bad, as God ''Turned towards heaven '' and man ''Turned towards Eve'', all this…show more content…
It is usually believed that the crow is a symbol of bad luck and death. But some people believe that it is a symbol of life, magic and mysteries. Beside these "the crow" symbolizes intelligence, flexibility and destiny. Summing up we can say that "the crow" is an image that possess both positive and negative features. Whether, the Crow signify good or bad things, it keeps being an inspiration in literary works. In this poem, the crow is shown as the figure of the Trickster. Often trickster is defined as a mischievous or roguish figure in myth or folklore, often an animal, who typically makes up for physical weakness with cunning and subversive humor, or a boundary-crosser. The crow is a kind of revolt against opositions. From line one to five, the Crow is neither on God’s side nor is he on man’s side. ''When God, disgusted with man, Turned towards heaven, And man, disgusted with

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