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Hawk Roosting

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Emily McCaffery

on 11 December 2013

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Transcript of Hawk Roosting

Hawk Roosting
Rhyme and rhythm
irregular rhyme scheme
one rhyming couplet "feet and eat" (lines 3 and 4) could symbolize the hawk's two feet to capture it's prey.
the poem flows with rhythm. on the second line it says "inaction, no falsifying dream between my hooked head and my hooked feet".
this helps it flow from line to line.

Sounds, feelings and attitudes
the poem uses fricative for example, "my foot, my each feather"
Alliteration is used throughout the poem for example, "hooked head and hooked feet" (line 3)
it uses plosive sound for example, "perfect kills" (line 4)
the hawk's attitude is that he can do whatever he wants with no consequences
he feels that he is above all the other "creations"

Tone and voice
the poet wrote in the perspective of the hawk, revealing the nature of this animal.
it is confident, superior and arrogant.
Quotes to show this are "I kill where I please because it's all mine" (line 14) and "no arguments assert my right" (line 20)
It seems to have all the power to do whatever it pleases without having to think about the consequences.
imagery and language
the whole poem is a metaphor showing that the hawk is as powerful and mighty as the God that made him
the hawk is personified as some kind of a murderer
he is his own hero
"the allotment of death"(line 17) connotes a field of death which is what he creates.
"there is no sophistry in my body: my manners are tearing off heads" that suggests that he's saying there is no trickery in what he does and he doesn't need to justify himself because it's his nature to do so.
by Ted Hughes
Structure and form
Sentences are quite short which could symbolize the lives of the animals that were killed were short and ended quickly.
The lines are bumpy which could show the hawk flying through the sky.
the poem is divided into 3 parts, the first 2 stanzas show the physical superiority of the hawk.
the next two stanzas illustrate the hawk's power over nature.
the 5th and 6th stanzas justify why he kills.
It is a dramatic monologue (a long speech)
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