Hawk Roosting

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"I sit on top of the wood, my eyes closed."
The image here of the hawks physical position reflects its high status (if the hawk represents a politician, it could refer to dictatorship). But this position could also reflect its physical position on the food chain - keeps everything in order.
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"...falsifying dream..."
This is a matter of fact. The hawk has no time for imagination or fantasy - it stays true to its physical nature.
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The repeated 'ee' sounds throughout reflect the sound of the hawk screeching. This reminds the speaker of its presense and therefore power.
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"...hooked head and hooked feet:"
The repetition here gives very visual images of negative connotations. It reminds readers of the hawk's violent and brutal nature.
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"...kills and eats."
The primary instincts of the hawk reflects the dictator's primary instincts.
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"The convenience of the high trees!"
This could be open to alternative interpretation: a) Waiting for prey b) As if nature has been designed purely to suit the hawk - this could give images of God. The exclamation mark expresses the hawk's excitement - very sadistic.
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The personal pronouns throughout reflect the Hawk's egoistic nature.
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"Are of advantage to me..."
This again gives the impression that the world was made for the hawk.
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"...the earth's face upward for my inspection."
The earth is personified as a subservient person looking to the hawk for approval. This suggests that the earth is beneath the hawk and looks up to him.
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"It took the whole of Creation..."
This shows that the hawk imagines itself to be the only important human being. It is almost like Hitler's final solution; the master race - story of creation.
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The repetition expresses that the hawk is as if God = preaching religion. The Capital of Creation is like a capital 'G' for God.
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"Now I hold creation in my foot."
This is as if the hawk is carrying the earth rather than being supported by it. The body part of 'foot' is a disrespectful part - shows the disrespect for earth. In this line the hawk becomes part of creation.
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"...resolve it all slowly"
The hawk imagines it's making the earth turn.
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"...it is all mine."
The hawk seems confident but possibly deluded.
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"There is no sophistry in my body"
This shows that the hawk has no need to explain or justify its assumption of power
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The repetition of negatives is like a political speech.
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"The allotment of death."
The hawk has the power to decide who dies and when - could link to Hitler or God.
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"...my flight is direct through the bones of the living."
This is a violent image of the hawk swooping in on its preyv - link to 'The allotment of death.'
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"No arguments assert my right:"
This shows again that the hawk doesn't need to justify himself.
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"The sun is behind me."
This is open to alternative interpretation: a) Nature is on the hawk's side b) The sun is physically behind it when flying c) Sun is afraid of the hawk.
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"Nothing has changed since I began."
This could link to the story of creation - the beginning of time.
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"I am going to keep things like this."
This is a very powerful ending. The Hawk feels as though it has complete control and perhaps can see into the future.
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Enjambment (Structure)
This could show that no interruptions are aloud or maybe it could reflect him flying - swooping down for prey.
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The 'Hawk' overall
a) Hawkish - politicians who faced military actions b) Hawk-eyed
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"...falsifying dream..."


This is a matter of fact. The hawk has no time for imagination or fantasy - it stays true to its physical nature.

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"...hooked head and hooked feet:"


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"...kills and eats."


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