Crow (poetry)

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First edition cover
(Faber & Faber, 1970)

Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow is a literary work by Ted Hughes, first published in 1970 by Faber & Faber, and one of Hughes' most important works.

It is a collection of poems about the character Crow, which borrows extensively from many world mythologies, notably Christian mythology. The first Crow poems were written in response to a request by the American artist, Leonard Baskin, who had at the time produced several pen and ink drawings of crows.

It is quoted briefly in the liner notes of Paul Simon's song My Little Town, and in the epigraph of Catspaw by Joan D. Vinge.

The collection was also the key inspiration for the 2009 album The Unkindness of Crows by the American heavy metal band Eagle Twin.

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