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Hawk Roosting Analysis



Author: Poetry of Ted Hughes Type: Poetry Views: 5936

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

Inaction, no falsyfing 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 footOr 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.





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HI, I DONT KNOW WHO'S READING THIS BUT MY INTERPRETATION FOR A PROJECT I'M DOING AT SCHOOL IS THAT THE HAWK IS DOMINATING THE OTHER CREATURES. HE THINKS HE'S KING OF THE WORLD AND HOLDS EVERYTHING WITHIN HIS REACH.

| Posted on 2014-04-13 | by a guest


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Hughes uses repetition to accentuate the Hawks dominant role. The repetition of the word Creation describes that the hawk feels as though it took whole of creation assembled on him to create his perfect form. The phrase Now I hold creation in my foot implies that the Hawk possess the whole creation, he takes control of everything as if he was a very powerful creature. The use of capital letters on the word creation highlights how important creation is, letting us link to more God-like impressions. Most importantly that he is head of creation, over powering everyone as if no one shall rule his creation but him.
The Hawks manners are tearing off heads, he is too busy hunting down his prey and he does not care about any manners. Hughes uses this oxymoron to emphasize the Hawks questionable manners and social etiquette. My manners are tearing off heads- suggests that this Hawk is cold-blooded and extremely ruthless. Tearing of heads- paints a bloody and merciless picture. He does not take account about other animals; all he needs to do is just to fulfill his own needs. The hyphen used in this line gives the reader time to relate and link their own ideas, and at the same time giving the reader a sharp, short and precise idea of the Hawk.

| Posted on 2013-05-29 | by a guest


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Hawk Roosting.
Hawk Roasting.
Pork Roasting.
BACON.

| Posted on 2013-01-03 | by a guest


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If you adopted an egg from an abusing home then it will hatch into a hawk with serious parental issues. That is the hawk in this poem and that is why this hawk has a serious brutal, killing complex. POOR HIM.

| Posted on 2012-10-11 | by a guest


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The ahwk is the giver in the relationship and that\'s why he is the dominator. He likes to give pain and that is why he \'kills where he please\'

| Posted on 2012-10-10 | by a guest


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This poem shows how all hawks want to be eagles and have delusions of granduer

| Posted on 2012-10-10 | by a guest


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the moral of the story is trees shouldn\'t grow in inappropriate places where I wish to drive... I mean it wasn\'t me....

| Posted on 2012-10-09 | by a guest


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I met this hawk once, we went drinking and ended up drunk doing Gangnam style soon after getting a cab back he paid for it and requested for his money to be refunded i looked at him and finally notice he was a prehistorical mystical creature saying \" imma need about tree fiddy\"

| Posted on 2012-10-09 | by a guest


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I also forgot about the car that crashed into the hawks tree and made the tree shake and him die D:

| Posted on 2012-10-09 | by a guest


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Let me tell you a story about this poem; One starry night, in acient Greece, a hawk was sat in his tree feeling superior. Suddenly, the wind blew and he fell to his death... it was a terible acciedent and it upset many people.
This makes me feel upset that someone wrote a poem about such a poor and unfortunate hawk. This is a disgrace!

| Posted on 2012-10-09 | by a guest


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I am sat with the chosen one and I am the king of spades
Signed Benjamin Buht-plugh.... omg lol I meant Button. YAY

| Posted on 2012-10-09 | by a guest


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I disagree with the whole batman thing as I feel that it isn\'t really batman I think it is more a metaphor for God or a palm tree as they are both very up-themselves and think they own everything.
BTW I\'M BATMAN!!!

| Posted on 2012-10-09 | by a guest


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I think that this is awesome and if you were to dress in a pineapple costume and read this out like some sort of preacher then everyone would be really inspired by you and this wonderful poem :\')
LLAMA LLAMA DUCK!

| Posted on 2012-10-09 | by a guest


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I think that the Hawk is a metaphor for the batman, as both sit at the top of tall structures and fight crime

| Posted on 2012-10-09 | by a guest


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This poem is yolo and not as awesome as BEANS AND HAM

| Posted on 2012-09-18 | by a guest


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I likes this poem a lot its really amazing yeah and stuff

| Posted on 2012-09-18 | by a guest


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reflects the world and the greediness of the humans!!!

| Posted on 2012-07-25 | by a guest


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i admire the hawk as portrayed, and envy it\'s sense of purpose and self. i believe this poem speaks for God, for what is God but a creature that thinks himself so?

| Posted on 2012-06-15 | by a guest


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i believe that the \'hawk\' in some way represents the world itself. it shows that even though most birds are considered kind and even innocent, there is also a dark side to them such as the human race. it may show that the bird in some concept has the same drives and emotions as the more \'evil\' humans that exist. or even it may just show that nature may seem quiet but its actually filled with anger and arrogence, which in turn gives nature a emotion meaning it could then contain others such as hate and greed. this then convey the bird as a very negative character.

| Posted on 2012-05-21 | by a guest


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Ted Hughes said: \"That bird is accused of being a fascist...\' the symbol of some horrible genocidal dictator. Actually what I had in mind was that in this hawk Nature was thinking. Simply Nature.\"
Ted Hughes did not intend for this poem to be of any human or leader or dictator. He said so himself. This poem is simply speaking of nature and its perfection. Ted Hughes uses the hawk as a way of representing this; \"the air\'s buoyancy and the sun\'s ray are of advantage to me [the hawk]\", where everything in its habitat is made perfect to suit the hawk\'s adaptations because it has been created or evolved to be able to live perfectly in these conditions; thus showing the perfection of nature.
\"It took the whole of Creation to produce my [the hawk
s] foot my [its] each feather; now I [it] hold[s] Creation in my foot\". Just as the Creator had Created this creature that has no \"sophistry in my [its] body\" - another way of Hughes showing that the perfection of this bird\'s body resembles the perfection of Nature itself and how everything has to be perfect for life to work on it, which is why the hawk has no \'sophistry\' in its body and has to be perfect - the hawk itself also holds Creation in its feet in the sense that it can reproduce and have children thus, Creation occurs in that sense. Or another interpretation would be that it can hold the life of Creation in its feet i.e. its prey that it feeds on and kills.
Even though the hawk itself is quite vein and arrogant in this poem and shows a lot of power and almost becomes God-like to the reader as it \"eye has permitted no change\" and its \"going to keep things like this\", this could just as easily be a reference to the fact that Nature itself does not change without any interventions such as ones from us humans and that Nature remains the same throughout as it is made to have its own balance.
The voice in the poem is that of the hawk and through that also the voice of Nature and what Nature is thinking.
However, this poem does have many interpretations and none of them can really be wrong in any sense, they are only different interpretations and they can all just as easily be said to be true or right.

| Posted on 2012-03-09 | by a guest


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The poem is being used to represent a message in the poem. As readers we see through the eyes of the Hawk, and what Ted Hughes wants us to see is a symbolism of human kind. Nothing has changed since i began looking through the hawks eyes we see a reflection of human kind and how no matter what we always like to be in control.

| Posted on 2012-01-28 | by a guest


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There isn\'t much to this poem, the hawk simply believes that he is God. He is arrogant and vain and is symbolising human beings. WE think we know what is best, but infact we don\'t, we don\'t believe in our creator (God) and we doubt all his creations. WE kill each other, kill the creation. Humans will always stay like this \'Nothing has changed since I began\' no matter we always like to be in control.

| Posted on 2011-12-26 | by a guest


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As a GCSE student, I am studying this poem. I have to write about it, so I am wondering if this is along the lines of my ideas about it.
Literally it revolves around the mind and behaviour of this arrogant hawk. This hawk sees as killing a thrill and pleasure. He is at the top of power in the woods. \'I sit in the top of the woods\'. This shows he sees himself as powerful - king like.
When it talks about creation, I sort of took it as a bibilical reference. But, basically, the hawk is mocking creation, and now sees creation down at his feet. Sorta xD
When it mentions \'nothing has changed since I began\', it could refer to conflict in the world. People still kill people. The hawk finds he hasn\'t done anything wrong.
This poem is quite interesting. I really like the character of the hawk, it\'s arrogance and that. But it is one of the best poems I have read at G.C.S.E. :)

| Posted on 2011-10-18 | by a guest


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Arrogance can lead to corruption of power and the destruction of identity. In Hawk Roosting Ted Hughes adopts the persona of a hawk and shows us the world from its perspective. He uses personification to endow the hawk with a personality, though it is a personality that is consistent with the image portrayed by a real hawk sitting high in a tree apparently looking down arrogantly at all it surveys. Through this he adopts the persona of a hawk and exploits the attitudes of the hawk. The hawk in the poem is so single-minded and so arrogant that the poem becomes a parody of human authoritism. The earths face upward for my inspection Ted Hughes reveals to the audience the hawks total utter disrespect to his creator through his arrogance. As readers we find the hawk refer to himself as the most important creature on earth and this power reminds us of the attitudes of the authoritarian political leaders throughout history. Like the hawk, we regard ourselves as the pinnacle of creation and find ourselves walking the path of destruction but Ted Hughes shows us the way to rectitude.

| Posted on 2011-08-15 | by a guest


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This is the start of my essay
What do people think?
The �Hawk Roosting� is a very powerful poem and there is more to the poem then first meets the eye. Ted Hughes writes the poem putting himself into the body and mind of a hawk. The hawk is portrayed as an arrogant megalomaniac and Hughes is very good at showing the way the hawks mind works in a number of different situations and in different places. The themes throughout most of the poem revolve around power, ignorance and self indulgence. The hawk itself represents power and ignorance at the same time because he thinks that he is the most important animal in the woods and he is ignorant to the fact that he cannot have everything, in the poem Hughes shows this very well by using lots of emotive language and description about how the hawk thinks.
The opening line, �I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed�, is referring to the hierarchy of the wood. When Hughes says that the hawk is in the top of the wood he is working on a literal level, the hawk is literally on the top of the wood and figuratively. The hawk thinks of itself as the king of the woods, he is unchallenged and fearless. Hughes goes on to say that the hawk wants or needs nothing, ��no falsifying dream�, his dreams are not something that he wants � he already has everything he wants � his dreams are his reality. Hughes mentions the hawks �hooked head and hooked feet� next; Hughes is describing these because they are his weapons, his tools for killing, he is proud of them because they have helped him into the position at the top of the food chain and, as the hawk thinks, to the top of the world. At the end of this line, instead of just ending the sentence, Hughes has used a semi colon which helps this penultimate line of the stanza run fluently into the last line. In the last line of this stanza Hughes writes about the hawk �in sleep rehearse(ing) perfect kills and eat.� The hawk is remembering his perfect kills and rehearsing for the next time he needs to eat, or just wants to kill. Hughes writes kills then eats suggesting that, to the hawk, killing is more important then eating. Even is the hawk did not have to eat to survive he would kill, just for the thrill.
The hawks perspective then shifts to his domain, he is saying how his surroundings are so convenient for him and, �The convenience of the high trees!�, he sits at the top of the wood using the high trees as an advantage to him so that he can see everything that is going on beneath him, he is like a manager watching all his employees from a distance, though the hawk has very different ideas about what he is going to do to his �employees�. Hughes ends the sentence with an exclamation mark showing that the hawk is happy that he has secured such a good place in the woods. In the next two lines he is again talking about the advantages of his surroundings. This time he is talking about �The air�s buoyancy and the sun�s rays�. The air�s buoyancy is an advantage because it means that he can easily glide over the wood and take a look at what is happening beneath him and he has a great view of all his prey. The sun provides light, so that the darkness of the wood is lifted, so he can see all his prey. The last line in this stanza show that the hawk thinks it is more important then the Earth itself, the hawk seems to think that the Earth is subservient to him.
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| Posted on 2011-06-01 | by a guest


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In this poem the poet is ted huges who is representing the hawks behavior in the poem the hawk says that he sits on the tree branches with his eyes closed.he sits idle and dreams false dreams.He has hooked feet &hooked head.He only practices for killing and eating. The trees are made for his convenience.The air and the sun rays advantages him for killing because when his prey sees the light he gets blinded up and the air helps him to float easily in the sky.he thinks the earth face is upwards for his inspection . He says my feet are always on the rough branches &also it took the whole creation to make his feet hooked and his feather s smooth & the creation is in his feet or fly up and revolves slowly ,he also kills where he want to because its all his .He says his manners are tearing the heads. his path is directly going into the bones of the living .no have the rights of killing but only he has the rights of killing anyone he wants .he says nothing has changed since he was born , his eye has no change & he is going to keep things like this.

| Posted on 2011-06-01 | by a guest


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I think this poem is to do with evolution and war but mainly war and power. Furthermore, I think the hawk resembles war; which has power and is destructive, like the hawk which has power over its kingdom: \"top of the wood\" The hawk was created to be a top predator and it wants to keep it that way- \"I am going to keep things like this\" He doesnt want humans to come to his kingdom and cause pollution and greed for then he would be outruled. However, I think he is very much similar to humans and symbolises their greed and power especially when they are at war. This is a very deep, discombobulating poem but it means something very strong and may well conjure different feelings and views from different people.
:)

| Posted on 2011-04-20 | by a guest


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Its just a poem about what may be going on inside the mind of a hawk. We can use it as a mirror, but it is not a metaphor for anything. The poem is as simple as the mind of the hawk as described.

| Posted on 2011-04-06 | by a guest


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I think there are many elements to this poem. The hawk doesn\'t need justifcation for its actions, he is the being of power.
10 out of 10!

| Posted on 2011-04-01 | by a guest


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Hughes put forth his take on the poem in a 1971 interview. “Actually what I had in mind was that in this hawk Nature is thinking. Simply Nature. It’s not so simple because maybe Nature is no longer so simple.” Going by what the poet, Ted Hughes had in mind, it might pertain to the destructive aspect of nature (natural disasters) and instinctive violence of its irrational beings. According to this interpretation ,the last line: “I am going to keep things like this,” may read that Nature is going to maintain its original diversity and composition in opposition to man-induced natural x warming,pollution.etc)
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| Posted on 2011-02-22 | by a guest


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the poem is about fascism?? WTF??
well, not trying to be judgmental or anything but I would read the poem as being about nature as primal mover who does not need intellect or justification for its action .. the hawk does not think or describe .. even in inaction it does not dream/invent etc. nature has formed his claws and his beak, nature provides the trees, the sun the air and the prey. Nature also made the hawk a predator. There is no arrogance in the obversation \"I kill where I please because its all mine\". After all in nature there is no predator to hunt the hawk. I think rather then making the hawk a mask for the poet you should be able to see the primal majestic beauty of the natural order without inserting man into the equation ...
I ld say Hughes intends to show that the primal connection of animals to nature and reality is purer then humanities understanding, which is clouded by sophistry and intellectual relativism. something along those lines anyway ..

| Posted on 2011-01-13 | by a guest


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The poem shows us the pictures of dictators,the attitudes and minds. in the poem, we hear the dictator say,\'it took the whole the of creation to produce my foot, my each feather but now i hold creation in my foot\'. he continues to say he flies it up and kills where he pleases.The above quotation , of course, shows the kind of leaders we have today.After we have made them leaders,they tend to brutalize us forgetting that we made them what they are.The dictator crowns his behavior by saying, \"my legs are locked upon the rough bark\" this creates a picture of a padlock used to lock up a prison room.hence, making us believe that there is nothing that can remove him from power.the firmness of his grasp of the power can be seen in the use of the word \'rough\'.the word rough,scientifically, shows high friction.

| Posted on 2010-10-26 | by a guest


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only presenting the poet’s feelings perhaps towards the nature of human where humans are represented by the personified hawk. The hawk’s image is captured in a very commanding tone, especially by the use of first person view

| Posted on 2010-10-13 | by a guest


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Is this hawk deluded? Hughes gives a poetic voice to a wild animal - permits it to speak to us as though it were human. And what emerges is the extreme limitation of the bird's perspective. The poem seems ironic: the hyperbole of the hawk's claims may amuse the reader. Hawk presents himself as something more than human: godlike, with the sun behind him, his halo. But his true nature is apparent throughout the poem - no true bird could overcome death. He mistakes his own motion with an ability to hold the world in his claw and revolve it. He makes no arguments, eschews sophistry not because he need no defend his position, but because he cannot - he is an animal without the power of speech. So, on one level, the poem draws our attention to the separation between man and nature.
As usual, however, Hughes makes no pretense that this is a real bird. The homely image of the "allotment" and the suggestion of the meat hooks that encompass the hawk remind us that the poem does not represent reality. We are only able to understand this hawk because he speaks to us in our own language - the language of humans. So in this way, it is the power of words that confronts the cruely of nature as represented by the hawk.

| Posted on 2010-06-27 | by a guest


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There is, in my opinion, no error made by the poet in the second line. "inaction" meaning no action, a state of sleep etc clearly links to "no falsifying dream". You would dream when you are asleep or in a state of "inaction". There is also a clear link between this so-called error and the poem's title "Hawk Roosting" meaning Hawk at rest.

| Posted on 2010-05-04 | by a guest


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"Hawk Roosting" represents to corruption that mankind experiences through the few people who feel all powerful. The "hawk" feels as though he is God, able to do whatever he pleases because the world was created for him. The "hawk" shows how survival of the fittest takes place within the poem, as evolution continues. The poem also portrays the frequent literary feature that Ted Hughes uses; the idea of a cycle. As God created the hawk and its feathers and foot, He also created the branch and the food the hawk uses to survive = the endless cycle of life.
FROM CHACHASTATAS :D

| Posted on 2009-09-17 | by a guest


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I believe the that the hawk is just a depiction of a creature of power not necessarily human (though humans are supposedly the only beings with a need for power), the hawk believes that he is god, he believes that he is the only being with the right to kill and he is not arrogant just ignorant, but still the hawk is depicting himself as powerful and god-like 'No arguments assert my right:The sun is behind me' the sun is behind me the hawk says, he puts himself as a creature with power enough to say that the sun is lower than him that the sun can't even compare with him. The hawk told us that he was the pinnacle of creation, that those below on the earth were his to take. In the end he said that he wanted to keep things like this, who wouldn't want to keep things like what the hawk was saying, with the power in your hands but that is an illusion, like many leaders today they donot have the power to do anything without the approval of those lower than him and in the hawk's case somebody else will replace him and those weaker than him (like the public) may just start defying him.
I don't really think criticism is needed here because there are some good points stated here and views that people believe in should be left alone. Although I have noticed some idiots here.

| Posted on 2009-06-13 | by a guest


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The poem Hawk Roasting expresses the predator/prey process using personification and metaphors. A vicious predator seeks a meal. The predator in the poem takes the form of a hawk, but in reality the hawk represents the evil people in this world who prey on the weak and frail and/or possibly the poor. The hawk sitting high up in the trees represents how the rich seem to be higher up on the ladder of importance in society. I kill where I please because it is all mine. This quote represents the arrogance of the wealthy and how they can control the poor. Since nothing has changed since the hawk has been preying on his food, he will not change his ways. This says a lot about the mentality of the wealthy corporation owners and their greed for power and wealth.

| Posted on 2009-05-07 | by a guest


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This poem in clearly about how there are some things in life (life represented by nature) that are violent/ destructive. The hawk represents a this destructive force, for it does it's job routinely as well as proudly. To add on to my earlier statement, these destructive forces do so without regret.

| Posted on 2009-04-06 | by a guest


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The Poem clearly has an aspect of evolution. When Hughes metions " The whole of Creation he is talking about the period in which God Developed the Hawk. The arrogance of the hawk in the way he talks about it seems as if he is the pinnacle of creation and above even God.

| Posted on 2009-03-23 | by a guest




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