Hawk Roosting

4 Feb

            The hawk in Ted Hughes’ poem, ‘Hawk Roosting’ could be said to be a representation of power, and this in turn, the arrogance of power. The poet writes that the hawk sits on the ‘rough bark’ above everything, symbolic of his power and strength. The hawk’s arrogance is shown in line 14 when the narrator remarks that, “I kill where I please because it is all mine.” This quote shows the arrogance of the hawk. He believes that he can do anything he wants, without boundaries because of his power. This presents to the reader that power can corrupt a person, and leads to them becoming arrogant and believing they can do whatever they want: the arrogance of power.

            As well as showing how power can lead to a person believing they are superior, it is also shown that in order to remain powerful, there are conditions. The narrator observes;

The convenience of the high trees! 
The air’s buoyancy and the sun’s ray 
Are of advantage to me; 

All of these are conditions necessary for the hawk to remain powerful. Without this assistance, the hawk would not be as authoritative as he is. It is shown that the hawk is reluctant to discuss this, only adding that the conditions are an advantage, not definitive of his power.

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One Response to “Hawk Roosting”

  1. Jenna L. Edment February 4, 2011 at 12:43 PM #

    this is a good part of a commentary but maybe you should shorten your quotes and just write part of them because in formal essays your quotes dont count towards part of the word count. I like how you start of your commentary because you give a general overview of what the poem is supposed to represent.

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