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"Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes.

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"Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes In a successful Dramatic Monologue the voice of a speaker is an important element. Show how particular features of the language used by the speaker are effective in revealing the speaker's personality to the audience. "Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes is a successful Dramatic Monologue in which the voice of the speaker, the Hawk, is an important element. Many features of the language Ted Hughes uses in this poem reveal various aspects of the personality that the Hawk has acquired to the reader. One of the most distinct aspects of the Hawks personality is of arrogance. In stanza two the reader is told of the many advantages that the Hawk believes nature has given to him especially: "The convenience of the high trees! The air's buoyancy and the sun's ray are of an advantage to me." Ted Hughes' use of the word "convenience" shows that the Hawk assumes that the trees are there for his use and have only been formed for his advantage. The use of the word "buoyancy" to describe the air not only suggests the air's great ability to keep the Hawk high in the sky but it also indicates the Hawks slight cheerfulness and resilience. ...read more.


This line explains how much influence he thinks he has on life. Ted Hughes' use of language in this line achieves a cold and calculating tone. The word, "revolve", suggests that the earth is turning below him and he is stationary above the world. The Hawk is a very controlling creature and with this he realises that he has the power to change life and manipulate what has been created and what is going to be created by killing. The statement, "it is all mine" sums up the Hawks arrogant nature. He supposes that everything belongs to him as he is above everyone else and is the only one that is of any importance. Another two closely related aspects of the Hawks personality are his self-belief and relaxed attitude. The Hawk is very confident within himself and this is evident from the description of the Hawks rehearsal of "Perfect kills". The Hawk is aware that he is a skilled predator and he is not afraid to admit that he is good at what he does. This comment could be portrayed as arrogance on the Hawks part but he does have the right to describe his actions as "perfect" if this is the case. ...read more.


is doing, there is no left or right with the Hawk; everything is short, simple and straight: "one path", "direct through", "No arguments". Finally, the persistence of the Hawk can be noticed in the last stanza of the poem: "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." In these lines the Hawk is insistent that nothing has or is going to change. Ted Hughes uses short, definite and confident statements of fact to show the Hawks persistence. The Hawk asserts his power in the final, single statement of the poem: "I am going to keep things like this". In this line his confidence and resulting persistence are all unmistakable. Ted Hughes has been very successful in revealing the many features of the Hawks personality in this dramatic monologue. I believe Ted Hughes admires the hawk and is fascinated by the Hawks many different personal qualities that Ted Hughes himself, has revealed to the reader throughout the poem. The careful word choice, sentence structure and figures of speech used by Hughes all the way through the poem have clearly and very effectively conveyed the personality of the Hawk. ...read more.

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There are attempts to analyse the poem and the writer shows some level of understanding. However, the absence of a title means that the essay lacks a focus and as a result, the analysis takes a chronological approach, often leading to a narrative summary of the poem. A focused question with a clearly planned answer would have led to a more developed analysis. Increased exploration of poetic devices (present tense, language style, structural choices to name a few) and their effects would have improved the content of the essay. It is also important to recognise that any reading of the poem, for example how it might be a metaphorical comment on power, is only one interpretation.


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