Melville, Herman. "The Man-of-War Hawk".
The brief poem describes and follows the motion of the man's-of-war black hawk above the black ship on the white sky. The speaker asks in a rhetorical way whether "we" have wings to approximate the hawk; and observes that neither our arrows nor our thoughts can reach the supreme sweep of the hawk's reign.
The first person speaker shows deep respect for nature and its creation. He humbly realizes that there exist nobler creatures than human beings, nobler at least in some aspects.
AuthorMelville, Herman. (1819 - 1891).
Full Title"The Man-of-War Hawk".
First PublishedIn: John Marr and Other Sailors. NY: De Vinne Press, 1888.
Melville, Herman. "The Man-of-War Hawk". (1888). In: John Marr and Other Sailors, with Some Sea-pieces. Kent: Kent State University Press, 2006.