Ted Hughes 1930 – 1998 Carol Wolff
Private Life <ul><li>Married Sylvia Plath(1932-1963) </li></ul><ul><li>They had two children.  </li></ul><ul><li>Later the...
His Poetry <ul><li>He was aware of violent forces of nature. </li></ul><ul><li>He wrote with great powers of imagination. ...
<ul><li>A hawk sits atop a tree in a forest, meditating his place in creation. He sees himself as the pinnacle of the univ...
Hawk Roosting <ul><li>I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed. </li></ul><ul><li>Inaction, no falsifying dream </li><...
Structure <ul><li>irregular lines: long and short </li></ul><ul><li>cacophony:  words combining consonant sounds that don’...
The Hawk… <ul><li>Perched on the top of the trees. </li></ul><ul><li>Inspects the land below </li></ul><ul><li>has some ar...
New Words <ul><li>inaction:   without any action, in a static sta te  </li></ul><ul><li>falsifying :  make false so as to ...
New Words continued <ul><li>creation :  bringing into </li></ul><ul><li>  existence; the world, the universe; things creat...
 
Image/Character of the Hawk  <ul><li>proud, vain , dominant, arrogant, self-centred, egotistic  </li></ul><ul><li>powerful...
Symbolism <ul><li>Symbol of humanity,  </li></ul><ul><li>like a dictator </li></ul><ul><li>Symbol of violent  </li></ul><u...
Questions: <ul><li>Does the hawk have a personality, if so what is the bird’s personality? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this just ...
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  1. 1. Ted Hughes 1930 – 1998 Carol Wolff
  2. 2. Private Life <ul><li>Married Sylvia Plath(1932-1963) </li></ul><ul><li>They had two children. </li></ul><ul><li>Later they separated, which may have contributed to the suicide of Plath in 1963 . </li></ul>
  3. 3. His Poetry <ul><li>He was aware of violent forces of nature. </li></ul><ul><li>He wrote with great powers of imagination. </li></ul><ul><li>His writing was very cynical, written in rough, harsh, sometimes disjointed lines, emphasizing the scheming and savagery of animal life. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>A hawk sits atop a tree in a forest, meditating his place in creation. He sees himself as the pinnacle of the universe, around whom everything revolves. </li></ul><ul><li>He is a deadly killing machine, born to kill, born to rule the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Or is this man we are talking about? </li></ul>http://knowledge4africa.com/english/index.html
  5. 5. Hawk Roosting <ul><li>I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed. </li></ul><ul><li>Inaction, no falsifying dream </li></ul><ul><li>Between my hooked head and hooked feet: </li></ul><ul><li>Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The convenience of the high trees! </li></ul><ul><li>The air's buoyancy and the sun's ray </li></ul><ul><li>Are of advantage to me; </li></ul><ul><li>And the earth's face upward for my inspection. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>My feet are locked upon the rough bark. </li></ul><ul><li>It took the whole of Creation </li></ul><ul><li>To produce my foot, my each feather: </li></ul><ul><li>Now I hold Creation in my foot </li></ul><ul><li>Or fly up, and revolve it all slowly – </li></ul><ul><li>I kill where I please because it is all mine. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no sophistry in my body: </li></ul><ul><li>My manners are tearing off heads - The allotment of death. </li></ul><ul><li>For the one path of my flight is direct </li></ul><ul><li>Through the bones of the living. </li></ul><ul><li>No arguments assert my right: </li></ul><ul><li>The sun is behind me. </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing has changed since I began. </li></ul><ul><li>My eye has permitted no change. </li></ul><ul><li>I am going to keep things like this. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Structure <ul><li>irregular lines: long and short </li></ul><ul><li>cacophony: words combining consonant sounds that don’t permit an easy flow of pronunciation, but rather produce sharpness or harshness </li></ul><ul><li>pauses within the lines </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Hawk… <ul><li>Perched on the top of the trees. </li></ul><ul><li>Inspects the land below </li></ul><ul><li>has some arrogant ideas of himself </li></ul><ul><li>thinking that he holds Creation in his feet </li></ul><ul><li>all is there for him to kill and eat </li></ul><ul><li>he is going to keep things like this for ever </li></ul>
  8. 8. New Words <ul><li>inaction: without any action, in a static sta te </li></ul><ul><li>falsifying : make false so as to mislead, represent falsely </li></ul><ul><li>hooked : bent like a hook </li></ul><ul><li>rehearse : practise speech, performance </li></ul><ul><li>buoyancy : power to float in a liquid </li></ul>  http://jpkc.hfut.edu.cn/2007/upload_files/1221901758.ppt
  9. 9. New Words continued <ul><li>creation : bringing into </li></ul><ul><li> existence; the world, the universe; things created </li></ul><ul><li>sophistry : false argument; clever, seemingly sensible, but false reasoning </li></ul><ul><li>manners : way of behaving as to other people </li></ul><ul><li>allotment : passing on or giving out portions </li></ul><ul><li>No arguments assert my right : stress, state or declare strongly positively </li></ul>
  10. 11. Image/Character of the Hawk  <ul><li>proud, vain , dominant, arrogant, self-centred, egotistic </li></ul><ul><li>powerful , violent, cruel, </li></ul><ul><li> brutal, cold-blooded, </li></ul><ul><li>blood-thirsty </li></ul><ul><li>The hawk lives according to the </li></ul><ul><li>rules of its own morality </li></ul><ul><li>Hawk is sufficient unto itself </li></ul><ul><li>and at one with its </li></ul><ul><li>environment </li></ul>
  11. 12. Symbolism <ul><li>Symbol of humanity, </li></ul><ul><li>like a dictator </li></ul><ul><li>Symbol of violent </li></ul><ul><li>force of nature </li></ul><ul><li>(or nature itself) </li></ul><ul><li>it is not violence, </li></ul><ul><li>it is force </li></ul>
  12. 13. Questions: <ul><li>Does the hawk have a personality, if so what is the bird’s personality? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this just a description of the hawk and his psychology, or does it have symbolic or figurative meanings? </li></ul>
  13. 14. Carol Wolff
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