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Hawk Roosting.

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This poem uses the hawk to explore the effects of power. This is done by telling the poem through the hawks' eyes and personifying it so the hawk can have a voice to share its thoughts and feelings with us. The opening line of the poem states the hawk's superiority by saying "I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed." This shows he is higher up than all the other animals and therefore more superior and more important. Also by saying "my eyes closed" he suggests that nothing can bother him and that he is untouchable because he is so superior and no other animal would dare to cross him because he thinks he is so powerful. When he says "no falsifying dream" it shows that he thinks he is perfect so he doesn't dream about being able to do things because he can already do them really well. ...read more.


His importance is also shown when he says "earth's face upwards for my inspection" it shows that he thinks that he rules the earth and he is so important that he has to inspect it to make sure it was good enough for him. His thoughts of being perfect and important are also shown when he says "it took the whole of creation to create my foot, my each feather" it shows that he thinks that evolution happened to create him and now it will stop as it has made the perfect creature. He then goes on to say "now I hold creation in my foot" which is a metaphor that he was created and now he can take over the world and control it. It is like he is a form of God, great and powerful and nothing can stop or harm him anymore. His languages changes towards the end of the poem using simple and blunt language. ...read more.


change because he is the perfect creature and he rules the earth now and he has decided that it is going to stay the same because he wants it to. This is shown to us when he says "my eye has permitted no change, I am going to keep things like this." It shows that he thinks everything was created for him and now he is there, he rules everything. To conclude I think his views are parallel with humans because we think we rule the world and are disrespectful to the earth and other animals. We are also ungrateful for being created and having privileges like the hawk and we also think we are superior to everything else and enjoy the power. It is because of this that I think the hawk is a metaphor for humans. Also like humans he thinks he will live forever, he is immortal. The feeling of the power he has makes him exploit other animals. This too is like humans. By Jade McGreevy 10PS ...read more.

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