- Created by: k.yllle
- Created on: 23-10-18 22:03
I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed'
- The hawk is thinking about his place in creation which is represented by his high physical position in the trees
'Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat'
- His power is always present as he doesn't relax when he is asleep.
- The bird is a metaphor for people who kill and how completely absorbed in the power they are
- He wrote many poems about violence in the natural world
- He often used the brutality for animals to represent how humans are brutal to gain power
- Hughes believed that spirits lived inside nature
'The airs buoyancy and the sun's ray/Are of advantage to me/ And the earth's face upward for my inspection'
- It is first person and narrated by the hawk
- He is very egotistical and believes nature is only there to help him
- The hyperbole shows he is arrogant
'Now i hold creation in my foot'
- He thinks he is better than God
'Between my hooked head and hooked feet'
- He is a weapon from head to toe
'My manners are tearing off heads'
- creates an arrogant and sinister tone as describes graphic words as manners
'The allotment of death'
- Imagery suggests mass death and suggests a graveyard which makes the hawk sound like a serial killer
- Regular form adds to it's strength as the words are calculated like the hawk
'The sun is behind me'
- Short sentence suggests he is superior to the sun and he believes it supports him
Stanzas reflect his thought process
- The first two stanzas focus on his physical and literal superiority'high trees'
- Middle stanzas focus on creation and his god-like power 'It is all mine'
- The final stanzas are about his killing and justifying his actions 'No arguments assert my right'