Hughes, Ted. "Hawk Roosting".
- the speaker: an arrogant hawk lazily contemplating his predatory perfection
- holds an aloof post in "the high trees" above the earth, finds a sadistic pleasure in arbitrary killing
- describes himself as the culmination of all "Creation", sneers at everything but himself, and concludes in his self-confident announcement that he is going to keep things like this
- regular stanza and poetic line, occasional irregular imperfect rhyme
- terse and stark phrases, strong specific images
- the crow is God-like both in position (high in the trees) and ability (killing lower creatures)
AuthorHughes, Ted. (1930 – 1998).
Full Title"Hawk Roosting".
First PublishedIn: The Hawk in the Rain. London: Faber and Faber, 1957.
Hughes, Ted. "Hawk Roosting". (1957). The Hawk in the Rain. London: Faber and Faber, 2003.