Response to “Hawk Roosting” by Ted Hughes

4 Feb

                 Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes discusses a hawk, its power, and superiority over all. The hawk in this poem is shown as an egoist, superior and having a firm connection to human beings. In fact Ted Hughes uses anthropomorphosis to create a firm bond between the human and the hawk. Therefore this poem has human behavior and qualities applied to a hawk; it attempts to show humans’ savage nature.

                Primarily Ted Hughes humanizes the hawk to underline the negative qualities which exist almost in every human. The hawk is attributed with human characteristics, behavior, and even motivation. These aspects are presented in the poem quite clearly to ensure that the reader comprehends that the hawk is a symbol of man. In fact the body parts of the hawk are humanized because they are referred to as “head” and “feet” instead of the biological names. After asserting such an idea in the readers mind the poem starts to unveil and show its true nature. It’s true nature being the man’s power and the abuse of that power which occurs in many cases.

                Superiority and power of the hawk is presented primarily by the title of the poem “Hawk Roosting”. If one has ever experienced a hawk roosting they realize that this majestic sound asserts firm power. The author used this name to create imagery of the high status of the hawk and its superiority to all other living things. In addition the first line “I sit in the top of the wood” shows the superiority of the hawk because it simply does not sit in the wood it sits in the top of the wood. Its status above all other animals in the forest, and it shows the superiority of man to all other living things on earth.

                Ted Hughes evokes the feeling that the hawk is extremely egoistic in his conduct. This is made obvious when the hawk states “it took the whole of Creation to produce my foot”. This shows the egoistic nature of the hawk and how it thinks its body is more important than any other creature on earth.  The body of the hawk is described as perfect, symmetric and balanced when the author writes “between my hooked head, and hooked feet”. This shows the solidarity of the body parts and the perfection of the hawk.

                Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes is a poem to express to human’s their savagery, egoism and superiority to others. It explains how humans take their dominance for granted and how humans abuse their powers.

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

  1. Tahmina J. February 4, 2011 at 11:16 AM #

    I liked the part about “Primarily Ted Hughes humanizes the hawk to underline the negative qualities which exist almost in every human”. You clearly present that the characteristics of the hawk are negative. You are being specific which is an important part of a good commentary.
    ‘Superiority and power of the hawk is presented primarily by the title of the poem “Hawk Roosting”.” Here you show that the title plays an important part in the poem as well. The superiority of the hawk that is seen throughout the whole poem is also seen in the title.
    You have good transitions, and show imagery.

  2. Tahmina J. February 4, 2011 at 12:34 PM #

    Despite this being a good analysis of the poem, is there any use of imagery you could discuss further? Because imagery is an important part of the poem that you should further discuss. Also good introduction, but it’s a bit vague when you say theres a firm connection between a hawk and humans. Expand on that idea.
    Good use of formal language.

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