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Flashcards in Hawk Roosting Deck (11):
1

What is it about

Written from the point of view of a hawk as he sits at the top of a wood

2

What are the themes

Nature
Death
Survival
Power
Ambition

3

What is the structure

Each stanza talks about a different aspect of the hawk. Quite monosyllabic- blunt/ not refunded. Six four line stanzas. Unchanging like the hawk is unchanging

4

“I sit in the top of the wood”

First person shows the hawk is self important. Literal and metaphoric

5

“Rehearse perfect kills and eat”

Always thinking about death- but for the hawk it just works in harmony with nature food.

6

“Now I hold creation in my foot”

It kills other creatures of God- is this right or just nature?

7

“I kill where I please”

Enjoys killing. Does what it wants

8

“The allotment of death”

Dealing out. Decides what lives and dies.

Shows the darker and more brutal side of nature

9

“I am going to keep things like this”

Doesn’t want it’s power to change. Likes being in control- dominant

10

What are the different stanzas about

1) sat a sleep
2) flying
3) feet
4) killing
5) killing
6) watching

11

Who is the poet

Ted Hughes