1) Describe the hawk‘s attitude towards himself and the world in "Hawk Roosting." 2) In your view, what does the hawk stand for? Come up with three different possibilities.

The hawk's attitude towards himself in "Hawk Roosting" is one of pride. His attitude towards the world is one of dominance. Three possible things he stands for are the human upperclass, the blindness of arrogance, and brute, unreflective nature.

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The hawk perceives himself as a predator. He is proud of himself, stating:

It took the whole of Creation
To produce my foot, my each feather

He understands his relationship to the world as one of dominance. His attitude is arrogant and possessive towards it. He sees the earth as belonging to him, saying,

I kill where I please because it is all mine.

Three possibilities of what the hawk stands for are as follows:

First, as a "king" of the forest, a predatory bird that sits in the topmost branches of...

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