I tend to read all of Hughes Crow poems as a way for him to explain his and Plath’s relationship.  It’s this dark thing that grows and morphs with each stage of their lives.  Hughes really molds the crow into almost an “id” like figure that never explains through words but actions the inability to be good or healthy, much like Hughes and Plath.  All the paradox imagery and the need to try to be better helps paint a struggle to obtain something that will never happen.  The poems give a doomed from the beginning feeling, and Hughes explains why the “crow” is always doomed.  It almost seems that Crow is Hughes way of working through his relationship with Plath and her suicide.   He gives insight to things that were bothering him; it was his way of grieving her.  The Crow poems seem to contain Hughes moving through some of the 7 stages of grief:

1. SHOCK & DENIAL

2. PAIN & GUILT

3. ANGER & BARGAINING

4.”DEPRESSION”, REFLECTION, LONELINESS

5.THE UPWARD TURN

6.RECONSTRUCTION & WORKING THROUGH

7.ACCEPTANCE & HOPE

With the exception of 5 & 7 the rest are very easily seen in the poems.  These are the very topics that the crow stands for.  Hughes never finishes his Crow story, and maybe he never finished it because he was unable to finish the stages of grief.  Crow never really reaches acceptance and hope, he instead embodies grief.

 

 

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