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Hawk Roosting

I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed.

Inaction, no falsifying dream

Between my hooked head and hooked feet:

Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat.

The convenience of the high trees!

The air's buoyancy and the sun's ray

Are of advantage to me;

And the earth's face upward for my inspection.

My feet are locked upon the rough bark.

It took the whole of Creation

To produce my foot, my each feather:

Now I hold Creation in my foot

Or fly up, and revolve it all slowly-

I kill where I please because it is all mine.

There is no sophistry in my body:

My manners are tearing off heads-

The allotment of death.

For the one path of my flight is direct

Through the bones of the living.

No arguments assert my right:

The sun is behind me.

Nothing has changed since I began.

My eye has permitted no change.

I am going to keep things like this.
This poem was written by Ted Hughes. It can be connected with “Eagle” by Lord Alfred Tennyson.

The poem is made up of only a long stanza of 24 lines. Lines have a regular length, are aligned and begin with capital letter. There’s a regular punctuation but also some run-on-lines: “dream // Between” (lines 2-3), “ray // Are” (lines 6-7), “Creation // To produce” (lines 10-11), “foot // Or” (lines 12-13), “direct // Trough” (lines 18-19).

In the whole poem there’s a personification of the hawk and, as can be notice, is the hawk who speaks: the poet and the hawk are the same person. In the poem there are references to hawk’s aspect to hawk’s power and there are some sentences that show hawk’s idea of omnipotence.

Hawk knows who he’s and what he could do. I don’t like this poem very much because the main character is too cruel and he thinks to be omnipotent, I prefer the “Eagle” by Lord Alfred Tennyson, because the Eagle is strong, but not so cruel.

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