Note: I have included some comments in [...] delineating the close relationship between some of the poems and sequences — C.K.
Too Bad for Hell
Here in the Green and Glimmering Gloom
Pastoral Symphony No. I
The Little Boys and the Seasons
The Court-Tumbler and Satirist
Song of the Sorry Lovers
The Woman With Such High Heels She Looked Dangerous
Poem ('In clear Spring's high ice-breaking heaven')
Scene Without An Act
The Drowned Woman
The Hawk in the Rain
Macaw and Little Miss
The Horses [also in Elmet]
A Modest Proposal
The Decay of Vanity
The Conversion of the Reverend Skinner
The Man Seeking Experience Enquire His Way of a Drop of Water
Roarers in a Ring [also in Elmet]
Law in the Country of the Cats
Invitation to the Dance
Griefs for Dead Soldiers
Six Young Men [also in Elmet]
Two Wise Generals
The Ancient Heroes and the Bomber Pilot
The Martyrdom of Bishop Farrar
Mayday on Holderness
A Woman Unconscious
Dick Straightup [also in Elmet]
Fourth of July
A Dream of Horses
Pennines in April [also in Elmet]
To Paint a Water Lily
The Good Life
The Bull Moses
Cat and Mouse
View of a Pig
The Retired Colonel
Wilfred Owen's Photographs
The Perfect Forms
Crag Jack's Apostasy
Cleopatra to the Asp
The Storm [from Homer, Odyssey, Book V]
Lines to a Newborn Baby
To F.R. at Six Months
Dully Gumption's College Courses
My Uncle's Wound [also in Elmet]
The Road to Easington
Poem to Robert Graves Perhaps
On Westminster Bridge
Era of Giant Lizards
Bad News Good!
O White Elite Lotus
The Last Migration
The Burning of the Brothel
To W. H. Auden
On the Slope [also in Elmet]
Fishing at Dawn
Dully Gumption's Addendum
Public Bar T.V.
As Woman's Weeping
To be a Girl's Diary
Stealing Trout on a May Morning [also in River (3 Books)]
Ludwig's Death Mask
Second Glance at a Jaguar
Public Bar T.V.
A Wind Flashes the Grass
Logos [sometimes considered belonging to the Crow context]
Reveille [sometimes considered belonging to the Crow context]
The Green Wolf
Theology [sometimes considered belonging to the Crow context]
I The Dream Time
II 'The dead man in his cave beginning to sweat'
III Remembrance Day
New Moon in January
The Warriors of the North
Song of a Rat
I The Rat's Dance
II The Rat's Vision
III The Rat's Flight
Heptonstall [also in Elmet]
Ballad from a Fairy Tale [rewritten for Remains of Elmet ("The Angel")]
You Drive in a Circle
I M. Sartre Considers Current Affairs
III Einstein Plays Bach
The Howling of Wolves
Full Moon and Little Frieda
Scapegoats and Rabies
I A Haunting
II The Mascot
II Wit's End
IV Two Minutes' Silence
V the Red Carpet
from Three Legends, ii-iii [Crow poem]
The Brother's Dream
Dog Days on the Black Sea
? [Crow poem]
Crowquill [Crow poem]
Ballad of Bauble-Head
Crow's Feast [Crow poem]
A Crow Hymn [Crow poem]
Song of Woe [Crow poem]
Existential Song [Crow poem]
A Lucky Folly [Crow poem]
Fighting for Jerusalem
This Game of Chess
Four Crow Poems (1970)
King of Carrion
Crow and the Birds
Crow's Last Stand
Crow's First Lesson
Notes for a Little Play
The Battle of Osfrontalis
A Childish Prank
Examination at the Womb-Door
Crow and Mama
Crow Hears Fate Knock an the Door
Crow's Account of the Battle
The Black Beast
Crow's Account of St George
Crow an the Beach
A Horrible Religious Error
Crow Tries the Media
Crow's Nerve Fails
Conjuring in Heaven
Crow Goes Hunting
Crow's Elephant Totem Song
Crow's Battle Fury
Crow Blacker than Ever
A Bedtime Story
Crow's Song of Himself
Song for a Phallus
Crow Paints Himself into a Chinese Mural
Crow and the Sea
Truth Kills Everybody
Crow and Stone
Fragment of an Ancient Tablet
Two Eskimo Songs
I Fleeing from Eternity
II How Water Began to Play
Amulet [also in Under the North Star]
In the Land of the Lion
I See a Bear [also in Under the North Star]
Song against the White Owl [revised in Primer of Birds]
Genesis of Evil [Crow poem]
Crow's Song about England [Crow poem]
Crow's Courtship [Crow poem]
Crow's Song about God [Crow poem]
Crow the Just [Crow poem]
The Space-Egg was Sailing [Crow poem]
'In the little girl's angel gaze' [Crow poem]
The New World [Crow poem ??]
1 'His voice felt out the way. "I am" he said'
2 'Prometheus ...Relaxes'
3 'Prometheus ...Pestered by birds roosting and defecating'
4 'Prometheus...Spotted the vulture coming out of the sun'
5 'Prometheus ...Dreamed he had burst the sun's mass'
6 'Prometheus ...Has bitten his prophetic tongue off'
7 'Prometheus ...Arrested half-way from heaven'
8 'Prometheus ...Lay astonished all his preparations'
9 'Now I know I never shall'
10 'Prometheus ...Began to admire the vulture'
11 'Prometheus ...Tried to recall his night's dream'
12 'Prometheus ...Had begun to sing'
13 'Prometheus ...Heard the cry of the wombs'
14 'Prometheus ... Sees the wind'
15 'Prometheus ... Had such an advantageous prospect'
16 'Prometheus ... Too far from his people to tell them'
17 'No God - only wind an the flower'
18 'The character neglected in this icon'
19 'Prometheus ... Shouts and his words'
20 'Prometheus ... Pondered the vulture. Was this bird'
21 'His mother covers her eyes'
[Alternative Poems in Appendix:]
#5 'Prometheus ... Knew what was coming'
#12 'Prometheus ... Came to see Io fleeting across the map'
#17 'Prometheus ... Was himself the fire'
The Lamentable History of the Human Calf [listed as a Crow poem in The Achievement of Ted Hughes]
Hunting the Summer [Season Songs poem]
The Defenders [Season Songs poem]
A March Calf
The River in March
March Morning Unlike Others [also in Moortown Diary]
Spring Nature Notes, I-vi
Icecrust and Snowflake
Sheep, I-III [parts in Moortown Diary]
Work and Play
The Harvest Moon
The Golden Boy
Autumn Nature Notes, I-VIII
The Seven Sorrows
A Cranefly in September
There Came a Day
Two Horses, i-v
The Warrior of Winter
New Year Song
Snow and Snow
The Warm and the Cold
He Called [Cave Birds poem]
Eclipse [also in the orig. trade edition of Flowers and Insects]
Pets [also in Season Songs]
Green Mother [Cave Birds poem]
[Caprichos] [— this is a very different project from Capriccio, below]
'Who lives in my skin with me?'
'If the mouth could properly open'
'When dawn lifts the eyelid behind the eyelid'
[The Epilogue Poems]
'What will you make of half a man'
'I hear your congregations at their rapture'
'Who are you?'
'At the top of my soul'
'The lark sizzles in my ear'
'I watched a wise beetle'
'In a world where all is temporary'
'Collision with the earth has finally come =
'Trying to be a leaf'
'I heard the screech, sudden'
'Once I said lightly'
'Music, that eats people'
'The rain comes again'
'This is the maneater's skull'
'I see the oak's bride in the oak's grase'
'She rides the earth'
'The huntsmen, an top of their swaying horse-towers'
'A primrose petal's edge'
'Waving goodbye, from your banked hospital bed'
'I said goodbye to earth'
'The swallow - rebuilding -'
'The night wind, muscled with rain'
'The viper fell from the sun'
'A doctor extracted'
'The coffin, spurred by its screws'
'The grass blade is not without'
'I know well'
'The sun, like a cold kiss in the street --'
'Sometimes it comes, a gloomy flap of lightning'
'Having first given away pleasure --'
'Looking for her form'
'A man hangs on'
'When the still-soft eyelid sank again'
'The sea grieves all night long'
'Hearing your moan echo, I chill. I shiver'
'Faces lift out of the earth'
'I skin the skin'
'What steel was it the river poured'
'Calves harshly parted from their mamas'
'A bang - A burning --'
'The dead man lies, marching here and there'
'Every day the world gets simply'
'Your tree - your oak'
'Glare out of just crumpled grass -'
He Gets Up in Dark Dawn [also in Season Songs]
After the Grim Diagnosis
'A Nation's a soul'
A Solstice [also in What is the Truth]
New Foal [also in What is the Truth]
Wycoller Hall [also in Remains of Elmet]
1 'The fallen oak sleeps under the bog'
2 'Let that one shrink into place'
3 'The Queen of Egypt'
4 'You have come down from the clouds'
5 'Skin' [listed as a poem from Adam and the Sacred Nine in The Achievement of Ted Hughes]
7 'At some juncture the adult dies'
8 'So much going on'
9 'Huge global trouble all to earn'
14 'Sunday bells'
15 'The volcano'
17 'The white shark'
18 'Eye went out to hunt you'
19 'He sickened'
21 'Searching, I am confronted again'
24 'The buzzard mews --'
26 'Where shall I put my hand?'
27 'Words bring wet lumps of earth'
28 'Sitting under the downpour'
29 'They brought you a lit-up flying city'
30 'The mother of the tree'
31 'If searching can't find you'
32 'Before I was born, you were a spirit'
33 'Where you wait'
34 'Stilled at his drink'
37 'Your eyes are poor'
38 Retter, happier, to stay clear of the pure'
40 'After years of methodical, daily'
41 'Like the future oak invisible'
42 'The bulging oak is not as old'
43 'A cry is coming closer'
44 'He did all that he thought he wanted to do'
45 'Why do you take such nervy shape to become'
46 'You have made me careless'
48 'Does it matter how long'
49 'The salmon's egg winters the gouging floods'
50 'Your touch jerks me --
51 'Churches darken like scabs'
52 'As often as I affirm'
53 'In the zoo'
54 'The engine under the car-bonnet'
55 'By the splitting, spilling, fly-crazing'
56 'The cat, craning over the long grass'
57 'The cut stone'
60 'Twisted mouths'
61 'A wild drop flies in space -'
62 'He sits grinning, he blurts laughter'
After the First Fright
She Seemed So Considerate
In These Fading Moments I Wanted to Say
First, the Doubtful Charts of Skin
Something was Happening
A Flayed Crow in the Hall of judgement
Only a Little Sleep, a Little Slumber
A Green Mother
As I Came, I Saw a Wood
A Riddle [Alternative Version in Appendix: "Incomparable Marriage"]
After There was Nothing Came a Woman
His Legs Ran About
Bride and Groom Lie Hidden for Three Days [a Crow poem]
The Owl Flower
All this time his cry
He had retreated
And the Falcon came
The Skylark came
The Wild Duck
The Swift comes the Swift
The Unknown Wren
The Dove Came
The Crow came To Adam
And the Phoenix has come
The Sole of a foot
The Dark River
Abel Cross, Crimsworth Dene
Two Trees at Top Withens
The Trance of Light
West Laithe Cobbles
Walls at Alcomden
Hill-Stone was Content
The Sheep Went an Being Dead
The Big Animal of Rock
Remains of Elmet
There Come Days to the Hills
When Men Got to the Summit
The Weasels We Smoked out of The Bank
Football at Slack
The Canal's Drowning Black
The Long Tunnel Ceiling
Under the World's Wide Rims
The Ancient Briton Lay under His Rock
Crown Point Pensioners
For Billy Holt
The Sluttiest Sheep in England
Auction at Stanbury
Light Falls through Itself
The Word that Space Breathes
Heptonstall Old Church
Tick Tock Tick Tock
Barley [Season Songs poem]
A Lamb in the Storm [poem from the Moortown context]
In the Black Chapel
Feeding out-wintering cattle at twilight
New Year exhilaration
Bringing in new couples
Snow smoking as the fields boil
Couples under cover
March morning unlike others
She has come to pass
Birth of Rainbow
Coming down through Somerset
Little red twin
Teaching a dumb calf
While she chews sideways
The day he died
The formal auctioneer
Now you have to push
from EARTH-NUMB (1979)
Earth-numb [also in River]
Here is the Cathedral
Postcard from Torquay
Old age gets up
The Lovepet [Crow poem]
Song of Longsight [Caprichos poem]
Life is trying to be life [Crow poem]
A Citrine Glimpse, I-II
Four Tales Told by an Idiot
1 I woke in the bed of the rains
2 I was tied to a stake, in a tectite desert
3 Night-wind, a freedom
4 That star
Seven Dungeon Songs [includes Caprichos poems]
1 The Wolf
2 Dead, she became space-earth
3 Face was necessary -1 found face
4 The earth locked out the light
5 I walk
6 The oracle
7 If mouth could open its cliff
A knock at the door
Orts [— several of these are closely related to the Epilogue poems from Gaudete / Lumbs Remains]
1 Each new moment my eyes
2 Are they children
3 For weights of blood
5 In the MS restaurant
7 Grosse Fuge
9 The Cathedral
11 Speech out of shadow
12 Everything is waiting
14 Flight from Egypt
15 Beeches, leafless
16 Look back
17 Buzz in the window
19 The express
20 T.V. Off
24 Prospero and Sycorax [Crow poem]
25 Before-dawn twilight, a sky dry as talc
Tiger-psalm [Crow poem]
1 The Virgin
2 The Womb
3 The Virgin Knight
Do not Pick up the Telephone
Fishing the Estuary [River context]
[Publications of the Morrigu Press, 1979-80]
Wolf [Under the North Star poem]
Puma [Under the North Star poem]
Brooktrout [Under the North Star poem]
Eagle [Under the North Star poem]
Mosquito [Under the North Star poem]
Three River Poems
Visitation [incl. in the trade ed. of River]
For Leonard and Lisa
A Swallow [also in Season Songs]
["The Macaw", see Wolfwatching]
The Hen [also in What is the Truth]
["Kingfisher", see River]
["Whiteness", see River]
["A Sparrow Hawk", see Wolfwatching]
Starlings Have Come [also in Season Songs]
Bullfinch [also in What is the Truth]
["Nightjar", see Flowers and Insects]
["A Rival", see River]
["Tern", see Flowers and Insects]
Treecreeper [also in What is the Truth]
["A Dove", also in Wolfwatching / see final poem]
["The White Owl", for a different version, see Crow]
'Drove six or so high miles'
River of Dialectics
Sing the Rat
Giant Dream of Elephants
The Great Irish Pike
Thomas the Rhymer's Song [from Shusha Guppy record: Durable Fire]
Madly Singing in the Mountains
To Be Harry
Mice Are Funny Little Creatures [What is the Truth poem]
Weasels at Work [What is the Truth poem]
Fly Inspects [What is the Truth poem]
Swallows [What is the Truth poem] [alternative version in Primer of Birds / Season Songs]
The Morning before Christmas
Japanese River Tales, I-II
Flesh of Light
Whiteness [Primer of Birds poem]
Four March Watercolours
The Merry Mink
Under the Hill of Centurions
Stump Pool in April
Milesian Encounter an the Sligachan
Creation of Fishes
The West Dart
After Moonless Midnight
An August Salmon
The Vintage of River Is Unending
Night Arrival of Sea-Trout
The Kingfisher [Primer of Birds poem]
In the Dark Violin of the Valley
A Rival [Primer of Birds poem]
Eighty, and Still Fishing for Salmon
The Mayfly [River context]
The Pigeon's Wings
The Live-Bait [River context]
The Hare [What is the Truth poem]
Familiar [Elmet poem]
Disarmament [Elmet context]
Mokomaki [cf also: "Lamenting Head", "Reckless Head" and "Scarificed Head", below — Caprichos poems]
What's the First Thing You Think Of? [Elmet poem]
Conscripts [Elmet context]
The Best Worker in Europe [River context]
Grouse Butts [Remains of Elmet / Elmet poem, revised]
Edith [Elmet context]
Rights [Elmet context]
The Pike [revised in "Live Skull", Collected Animal Poems, which is not included]
Sketching a Thatcher [also in Moortown Diary]
Lamenting Head [Mokomaki / Caprichos poem ?]
Reckless Head [Mokomaki / Caprichos poem ?]
Sacrificed Head [Mokomaki / Caprichos poem ?]
A Violet at Lough Aughresberg
Two Tortoiseshell Butterflies
Cyclamens in a Bowl
Where I Sit Writing My Letter
Tern [Primer of Birds poem; Keith Sagar & Stephen Tabor state that this poem »originally appeared in manuscript in copy J of the Scolar Press Cave Birds«]
Sketch of a Goddess
The Honey Bee
In the Likeness of a Grasshopper
Nightjar [Primer of Birds poem]
[Part II in Appendix: "Two Views of a Devon Riviera"]
First Things First
A Full House
Chinese History of Colden Water [River poem]
If [River poem]
Mayday [revision of "Cuckoo" Primer of Birds]
Lines about Elias
A Sparrow Hawk [Primer of Birds poem]
I The Fool's Evil Dream
II Nearly Awake [addition, not in the original Wolfwatching]
Slump Sundays [Elmet poem]
Climbing into Heptonstall [Elmet poem]
Macaw [Primer of Birds poem]
Dust As We Are
Telegraph Wires [Elmet poem]
Sacrifice [Elmet poem]
For the Duration [Elmet poem]
Anthem for Doomed Youth [Elmet poem]
The Black Rhino
Leaf Mould [Elmet poem]
I Under High Wood [Elmet poem]
II The Atlantic
Take What You Want But Pay For It
Us He Devours
Little Whale Song
On the Reservations
I Sitting Bull an Christmas Morning
III The Ghost Dancer
Smell of Burning
The Pit and the Stones
Rain-Charm for the Duchy
Two Poems for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen
A Birthday Masque
The Song of the Honey Bee
A Masque for Three Voices
Lobby from Under the Carpet
Three Poems for J.R.
Two Photographs of Top Withens [Elmet poem]
1984 on 'The Tarka Trail' [River poem]
Be a Dry-Fly Purist [River poem]
The Bear [River poem]
The Mayfly is Frail [River poem]
High Water [River poem]
Everything is an its Way to the River [River poem]
Why the '21st Child' Could Not Be Lifted
The Last of the 1st / 5th Lancashire Fusiliers [Elmet poem]
Snapshot [River / Elmet poem ?]
Playing with an Archetype
Anniversary [Elmet context]
The Oak Tree
A Trout? [River context]
Black Hair [Birthday Letters poem]
Platform One [Birthday Letters poem]
Comics [Elmet context]
6 September 1997
Creation; Four Ages; Flood; Lycaon
Callisto and Arcas
The Rape of Proserpina
Echo and Narcissus
Peleus and Thetis
Venus and Adonis (and Atalanta)
Hercules and Dejanira
The Birth of Hercules
The Death of Cygnus
Bacchus and Pentheus
Salmacis and Hermaphroditus
Pyramus and Thisbe
The Tender Place
18 Rugby Street
God Help the Wolf after Whom the Dogs Do Not Bark
A Pink Wool Knitted Dress
You Hated Spain
The Earthenware Head
The Blue Flannel Suit
9 Willow Street
The Literary Life
The 59th Bear
A Short Film
The Rag Rug
The Rabbit Catcher
The Bee God
Blood and Innocence
Night-Ride an Ariel
Life after Death
Freedom of Speech
A Picture of Otto
The Dogs Are Eating Your Mother
The Hidden Orestes
The Minotaur 2
Howls & Whispers
from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Some Pike for Nicholas
Shakespeare, drafting his will ...
The Prophet (after Pushkin)
A Dove [Season Songs / Primer of Birds / Wolfwatching poem]
Appendix One: Notes and Prefaces by Ted Hughes
Appendix Two: Variant Titles
Appendix Three: Variant Lists of Contents
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines