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He jumped into the rocket and its trajectory
Drilled clean through her heart he kept on

And it was cosy in the rocket, he could not see much
But he peered out through the portholes at Creation

And saw the stars millions of miles away
And saw the future and the universe

This is from the poem "Crow and Mama." In Hughes's poetry, as Neil Roberts notes in the link from the Ted Hughes Society below, the Crow becomes the figure of creation. He takes over this role from God. In this poem, Hughes, as Neil notes about other poems, uses decidedly ugly, colloquial language, such as "he jumped into the rocket." Hughes's attempt is to subvert traditional theology, and his use of more colloquial language supports this attempt. In this poem, the Crow attempts to break away from his mother by jumping onto a rocket. At the end of the poem, he emerges on the moon and crawls out of his mother's buttocks. He has not been able to escape being born from his mother, so the primacy of women in the creation story is upheld.

He stuffed into man the tail half
With the wounded end hanging out.

He stuffed the head half headfirst into woman
And it crept in deeper and up
To peer out through her eyes

This is from the poem "A Childish Prank." As Neil Roberts notes in the link from the Ted Hughes Society below, the Crow is a trickster figure in this cycle of poems. He is an ambivalent figure who is capable of being both creator and destroyer. In many of Hughes's poems, the Crow is the figure present at creation and in many of the Biblical stories about creation. In this way, Hughes upends the traditional religious Biblical account of creation. In this poem, the Crow tries to revivify man and woman, whom God has left without souls in Eden, by biting a worm in half. The Crow tries to re-create man and woman by stuffing their heads into their bodies, subverting their sexuality. As Neil writes, Hughes's language is not beautiful, and his use of...

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