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Chapter 7: Hawk Roosting
I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes
Inaction, no falsifying dream
Between my hooked head and hooked
Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat.
The convenience of the high trees!
The air’s buoyancy and the sub’s ray
Are of advantage to me;
And the earth’s face upward for my inspection.
My feet are locked upon the rough bark.
It took the whole of Creation
To produce my foot, my each feather:
Now I hold Creation in my foot.
Or fly up, and revolve it all slowly—
I kill where I please because it is all mine.
There is no sophistry in my body:
My manners are tearing off heads.
The allotment of death.
For the one path of my flight is direct
Through the bones of the living.
No arguments assert my right.
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.
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NCERT Solutions Class 11 English Chapter 7 Hawk Roosting
1. Comment on the physical features of the hawk highlighted in the poem and their significance.
This poem signifies the self-assertion or self-esteem of a Hawk which is separated from the human world. The poem is a monologue which is dramatic in a non-human voice; i.e., of the Hawk carrying a false belief of being a superior living being. The supreme ego of the Hawk is brandished by boasting of its physical features. Its arrogance is insinuated by the outrageous fashion in which his physiology is branded. The vaunted self-praise as an instance of facism has been criticised. Savagery is brought out by the poet by explaining the naive physiology of the Hawk.
In the first stanza, the Hawk claims that the whole world is limited between his “hooked head” and “hooked feet”. The Hawk thinks that the entire creation is personified by it and even while asleep it “rehearses perfect kills and eats” in its dream. In the third stanza, we observe that the Hawk challenges God. The Hawk compliments itself that “it took the whole of creation” to create it, its foot and its feather. The roles are now reversed and he contains and exercises its powers over the entire world.
2. How does the poem emphasise the physical prowess of the hawk?
The poem of Ted Hughes is famous for its obsessive and intense interest with the world of animals and birds. The violent images and unusual phrases shock the readers. In this poem, the poet presents the readers with a deformed Hawk’s image whose physical appearance from the Hawk’s perspective is highlighted. The Hawk always rests on the top branch of the tree in the woods. The Hawk which is egocentric considers itself to be the most superior in the whole world. The superiority is expressed through its physiology.
The wild features possessed by the Hawk makes it look superior and ferocious to humans. It thinks of “perfect kills and eats” even in its dream. The Hawk trusts that it consumed a whole of the creation for its making and as the roles are reversed, it takes a flight of it and can revolve slowly around it. The way in which its authority is exercised by considering the entire world its own, gives the right to kill where it pleases. The Hawk is not sophisticated as it swaggers and is arrogant. Its attitude is not appreciable as it thinks that it is followed by the Sun. It considers its eyes as the last authority and that it has “permitted no change” from when it began. The Hawk decides to keep it like this.
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