Cave birds: an alchemical cave drama

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Viking Press, 1978 - Poetry - 60 pages
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The scream
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In these fading moments I wanted to say
20
A flayed crow in the hall of judgment
34
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About the author (1978)

Ted Hughes was born on August 17, 1930 in England and attended Cambridge University, where he became interested in anthropology and folklore. These interests would have a profound effect on his poetry. In 1956, Hughes married famed poet Sylvia Plath. He taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1957 until 1959, and he stopped writing altogether for several years after Plath's suicide in 1963. Hughes's poetry is highly marked by harsh and savage language and depictions, emphasizing the animal quality of life. He soon developed a creature called Crow who appeared in several volumes of poetry including A Crow Hymn and Crow Wakes. A creature of mythic proportions, Crow symbolizes the victim, the outcast, and a witness to life and destruction. Hughes's other works also created controversy because of their style, manner, and matter, but he has won numerous honors, including the Somerset Maugham Award in 1960, and the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 1974. His greatest honor came in 1984, when he was named Poet Laureate of England. Ted Hughes died in 1998.

Baskin, a Caldecott Honor artist, has been a dominant figure in the art world for more than forty years. A creator of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he has received numerous honors. His prints and watercolors are found in most of the world's major museums. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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