Hawk roosting by Ted Hughes consist of six stanzas, all written in first person and with a consistency of four lines and no perceptible rhyming scheme. The poem represents the thoughts, in a self-reflective and dramatic monologue, through the immoral mind of the hawk. The bird is a symbol of the human evils of arrogance, greed, megalomaniacal, and egotistical attitude. The hawk see himself as the center of everything depicting himself as a God bringing tyranny to his disbelievers which shows the reader that nature isn’t always beautiful. Ted Hughes uses free verse in the poem to suggest that there is no limit to the power of the hawk.
The opening stanza starts with the hawk being perched upon the “top of the wood” awaiting his next victim. He shows a fearless and confident figure when saying “top of the wood, my eyes closed’ indicating he has dominance over all below him and he is not in fear of the competition and predators. The hawks arrogance is shown, “Inacttion, no falsifying dream” indicating he doesn’t dream ‘needless’ dreams he just focuses on killing. The use of alliteration “hooked head” and the repetition of ”hooked” emphasis his control and egoism. The fact that the hawk says “feet” instead of claws created a personified link in the audiences mind between the hawk and humans . However he ends the stanza in a sense of desperation, “in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat”. This depicts he has to rehearse the action of killing showing the reader that he may have