Lineage In the beginning was Scream Who begat Blood Who begat Eye Who begat Fear Who begat Wing Who begat Bone Who begat Granite Who begat Violet Who begat Guitar Who begat Sweat Who begat Adam Who begat Mary Who begat God Who begat Nothing Who begat Never Never Never Never Who begat Crow Screaming for Blood, Grubs,crusts Anything Trembling featherless elbows in the nest's filth.
A mythic poet, Ted Hughes created a sequence of blistering poems featuring Crow. Accessing his anthropological studies, he refers to patterns of human behaviour which can be recognised regardless of time or culture. Powerfully moved by man’s intense need to provide meaning to a seemingly absurd existence, Ted Hughes wants to re-acquaint the reader with the totemic subconscious he believes in. His creation of Crow is the beginning of a personal journey for himself, narrated to instruct and inform . That is the basis of storytelling throughout history and across cultures. It is a means to educate and to invoke intense response. It is a call to arms.
In his own words to the BBC, Hughes tries to explain about his folk epic and about Crow,
“Nobody knows quite how he was created or how he appeared.
He was created by God’s nightmare. What exactly that is I
tried to define through the length of the poem, or the
succession of poems”
There is a fabulous essay about the poet and the Crow poems which is definitely worthwhile reading if you are interested in Hughes’ poetry. I have been thoroughly engaged finding out about them man , reading the poetry. Staggering. http://ann.skea.com/Trickstr.htm