· Ways With Words: Ted Hughes catches the animal within Speed, impulse, connection to the earth – for poet Ted Hughes , animals lived free from ...
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Certainly the factual tone and the end-stopped, full-stopped lines suggest the hawk would not put up with any arguments. The combined effect is menacing .
Rhyme – There is no regular rhyme scheme, though Hughes uses rhyming couplet , internal rhyme and assonance to give the poem unity and coherence.
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More than this, in the march of so- called civilization, through scientific and technological know-how (knowledge and expertise), man has tried to hold creation in his grasp. The poet mocks this by implying that this is a thoroughly misguided pride or ‘hubris’ of man. In this process, the civilized values of human life that could give it meaning have been forgotten. The man in the modern time is driven by mad impulse and unfulfilled obsession. Although the poem does not employ traditional meter of figure of speech, the very force of the direct expression makes the poem’s ironic effect palpable. The economical, sparing nature of the language adds extra grace and force to the poem and creates a deeply powerful effect on the readers’ conscience.