Compare how Ted Hughes writes about animals in two of his poems.

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In both "Work and Play" and "Hawk Roosting" Ted Hughes writes about birds. Both the hawk and the swallow are portrayed as beautiful creatures. The hawk is described as an extremely violent and arrogant animal that believes it is god ("I hold creation in my foot"). Hughes allows the reader to see that the bird is quite foolish, as we obviously know that it is not as powerful as it thinks it is. Hughes makes his hawk a very violent creature with its "allotment of death". This is quite shocking and almost repulsive. In contrast to the arrogant and ...

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