Response to “Hawk Roosting” by Ted Hughes

4 Feb

                 The poem “Hawk Roosting” written by Ted Hughes discusses the power and the superiority of a Hawk from the animal’s own perspective. His writing in 1st person as a hawk compares and personifies the life of a human. In lines “I kill where I please because it is all mine” the hawk compares his own savage nature to the egoistic character of a human being. This is also seen in the lines when he says “No arguments assert my right”. Here he presents his supreme power over other animals, as he says that no arguments will be able to diminish his superior rights.

                The author uses anthropomorphosis  to humanize the hawk. This is shown in the lines where the hawk’s body parts are described as “feet and head” as if the hawk is indeed a human. This connotation can be seen in the lines “Between my hooked head and hooked feat”. The author also uses imagery in the lines “I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed”. “My eyes closed” highlights the arrogant nature of the hawk in a more coherent manner, as the eyes closed show that he doesn’t fear or care about anything but himself. As if he is being unaware of the environment around him, and yet this factor does not displease his character. More of his arrogant nature can be seen in the lines “It took the whole of Creation, to produce my foot, my each feather, Now I hold creation in my foot”. The hawk shows how he thinks of himself as a superior creation, because it took the whole world “the whole Creation” to produce one animal such as him. It is interesting how the author chose to capitilize the world “Creation”, it being a simile to the word “World”. By capitilizing this word he shows how powerful and magnificent it is. And it also shows how even more superior the hawk is if it takes this whole powerful “Creation” to create this one animal.

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2 Responses to “Response to “Hawk Roosting” by Ted Hughes”

  1. Aliyev Yusif February 4, 2011 at 11:21 AM #

    Introduction and summarization of the text is done briefly and precisely.Heads stragiht into discussing the poem and how the author uses language throughout the poem. Most of the above-mentioned is about how the hawk is humanized through the use of anthropomorphosis by Ted Hughes, and almost all points connect to this main idea.
    Despite the fact that this essay consists of only two paragraphs one can easily shift through the content change. The transition from one idea to another is done in a way in which the reader can follow.
    Many examples are used throughout the text and the analysis of the poem is built on ideas rather than stating contents and evaluating each stanza of the poem.

  2. Aliyev Yusif February 4, 2011 at 12:47 PM #

    Introduction of the essay and summarization of the text is done biefly and precisely. The use of language in the introduction is vague, especially when using the phrase “basic life”. After the introduction the essay heads straight into analysis of the poem, which meets the anticipation of the reader. Therefore this is a good transition, but it could be made better by a thesis statement following the introduction sentence. One option is to state “The author describes the arrogance, superiortity and connection of the hawk to man through anthropomorphosis.” This could be a transition sentence and an area of concentration for the rest of the essay.
    Start with the idea of supremacy over other animals and eng with discussing arrogant nature while in between evaluating the hawks connection to man. The examples used are successful, precise and used for the correct purposes. In addition create some kind of coclusion, and finish all ideas.

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