Hawk Roosting.

4 Feb

The hawk in the poem “Hawk Roosting” by Ted Hughes is presented as a very powerful and self-centered creature. This could be seen from the first word of the poem, “I”, which is also repeated throughout the poem and a pronoun, “my”. The lines “the convenience of the high trees! / The air’s buoyancy and the sun’s ray / Are of advantage to me” also portray the superiority, egoism and power of the hawk, showing how he is sitting on the high tree and looks upon the world that’s below him with arrogance. All these metaphors show that they allow the hawk to stay in the powerful position.

The poet also has a God reference in the poem, as the “Creation” he is talking about is God himself. The hawk says that God created him, but now he is so powerful and mighty that he is almost God himself, and can control him too, which could be supported by the line “now I hold Creation in my foot”. He can do whatever he pleases, just because he is God. He kills where he pleases because it is all his, and no one can do anything about it. The poet, throughout the poem, tries to convey to the reader that the hawk, being as superior as God, has eclipsed the sun and nothing will ever change, unless he commands so, because his “eye has permitted no change”.



One Response to “Hawk Roosting.”

  1. matthew24conrad February 4, 2011 at 12:37 PM #

    The structure of your response is very comprehensible and easy to follow. You speak about how the poet constantly uses ‘I’ or ‘me’ but it would be better if you made reference to the fact that author is speaking in first person implying he may represent the hawk. I do like how you make reference to the hawk believing he is God or some other divine being. Solid response.

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