Hughes, Ted. "Crow Goes Hunting".
- an absurd fable of the brutality (of the crow) losing the battle against the wit (of the hare)
- the crow decides "to try words", focuses on the hare to diminish it with his words
- the hare turns itself into "a concrete bunker" for protection; when blasted by bombs the bunker turns into "a flock of starlings"; when shot down the starlings turn into rain; when swallowed by a reservoir the water turns "into an earthquake" and then into a leaping hare
- the crow remains astounded at his having been cheated by the hare
- relatively regular stanza, no rhyme, stark repetition and anaphora
- the motif of words as connected to the power: the predatory crow uses words for destruction
AuthorHughes, Ted. (1930 – 1998).
Full Title"Crow Goes Hunting".
First PublishedIn: Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow. London: Faber and Faber, 1970.
Hughes, Ted. "Crow Goes Hunting". (1970). Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow. London: Faber and Faber, 1999.