The hawk in the rain is a collection of poems by the british poet ted hughes published in 1957 it was hughess first book of poetry the book received immediate acclaim in both england and america where it won the galbraith prize. Originally published in 1957 hawk in the rain was the first collection of poems by ted hughes the book won the new york poetry center first publication award for which the judges were w h auden stephen spender and marianne moore it also won the somerset maugham award. Published in 1957 hawk in the rain was ted hughess first collection of poems it won the new york poetry centre first publication award for which the judges were w h auden stephen spender and marianne moore and the somerset maugham award and it was acclaimed by every reviewer from a alvarez to edwin muir. In the hawk in the rain for example the hawk becomes an emblem of humanity in its futile attempt to master the elements while nature is a malevolent force bent on extinguishing life escape is impossible the hawk like the speaker will eventually mix his hearts blood with the mire of the land. The hawk in the rain by ted hughes imaginative writing page 31 i drown in the drumming ploughland i drag up heel after heel from the swallowing of the earths mouth from clay that clutches my each step to the ankle with the habit of the dogged grave but the hawk
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