Q. 13.6( 5 Votes )

Comment on the physical features of the hawk highlighted in the poem and their significance.

Answer :

Ted Hughes’ “Hawk Roosting” is a dramatic monologue in a non-human voice that narrates the self-assertiveness of a hawk that is secluded from the world. The hawk is seen to be flaunting its self-ego and establishing itself as the most supreme and indispensable entity in the world. Hughes has critically exposed the rusticity and savageness of the hawk by focusing on the uncouth and raw temptation of the hawk in its self-validation. In the first stanza of the poem, we find the hawk proclaiming that he contains the whole world between his “hooked head” and “hooked feet”. He “rehearses perfect kills and eats” even while sleeping. He subverts the power relation of the world by positioning himself as the supreme holder of force. Once, it was God who had created him. But now it’s he himself who shall operate his authority over God.

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