Hawk Roosting - Ted Hughes

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  • Created on: 26-01-19 16:58
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  • Hawk Roosting
    • Ted Hughes
      • 1960
    • Structure & Form
      • The poem has a strong regular form which helps express the strength and control the hawk has
      • The poem is split into 6 stanzas
      • The first 2 stanzas are about physical superiority
      • The second 2 stanzas are about how the hawk has control over nature
      • The final 2 stanzas form a kind of justification for his actions
    • Context
      • He grew up in the countryside (surrounded by nature from young age)
      • Served in the RAF for 2 years, links to imagery of killing and flying
      • His work is mainly concerned with the natural world which he admired.
    • Beginning
      • 'And the earth's face upward for my inspection.'
        • Suggest that the hawk is dictating what is happening on earth and inspecting it for anything that he has a keen eye for.
      • 'I sit in the top of the wood'
        • a Metaphor for being above everything else.  He is on top of the food chain.
    • Middle
      • 'Now I hold Creation in my foot'
        • The hawk is more powerful than all other life, showing arrogance.  The hawk proclaims, he, himself, is God, more powerful than any being on both Earth and in Heaven.
      • 'I kill where I please'
        • It conveys the power that the hawk holds over all other life, stating that he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants.
    • End
      • 'No arguments assert my right'
        • Giving the impression that the hawk's methods of killing are unquestionable. It does not need to justify its actions.
      • 'My eye has permitted no change.'
        • Gives a final assertion of power, suggesting that the hawk full control of the status quo in live and it will never change without his permission.


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