SECONDA PROVA: COMPRENSIONE TESTO LETTERARIO
- 1. Hawk Roosting refers to a hawk when it is perched on a tree and resting.
- 2. "I" refers to the hawk which is speaking to itself, considering its role in life almost like a person might.
- 3. The hawk is resting and reflecting,while perched on a tree branch high on top, it is motionless and in its sleep it dreams and rehearses its fixed ideas of hunting and killing.
- 4. The hawk takes advantage of its ability to fly high and float in the air with the sun rays blinding its preys.
- 5. God created the hawk as a perfect predator, it was conceived in every single feature, in its feathers as in its claws that are the weapons it uses in killing. Therefore all its power lies in its claws and the bird, being a God given creature, owns the whole nature.
- 6. The hawk underlines the fact that its body, as a matter of fact, is all natural and there is nothing altered or "man-made" in it, the noun "sophistry" also conveys the idea of something genuine and not affected.
- 7. In lines 20-24 the hawk stresses its power above the world, a power that does not require any recognition of its assertion of authority. It also reflects on its unchanged condition through time, the hawk has always been that way and it will always be.
- 8. The hawk has kept its state unchanged, it has not allowed its preys to find a way out, it will keep its world around as it is. The natural world does not change according to modernity, the laws regulating Nature have been the same since Creation.
- 9. There are plenty images conveying the powerful position of the bird and its cruelty, for example:
- – line 1 : "I sit in the top of the wood"
- – line 12 : "Now I hold Creation in my foot"
- – line 14: "I kill where I please because it is all mine"
- – line 20: "No arguments assert my right"
- – line 21: "The sun is behind me"
- – line 24: "I am going to keep things like this"
Cruelty and violence:
- – line 4: "Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat"
- – line 16: "My manners are tearing off heads"
- – line 17: "The allotment of Death"
- – line 19 : "Through the bones of the living"
The poem deals with a hawk describing its nature. The bird is a predator and it has to kill preys to find food, therefore its body and actions are suiting such a purpose. Being a bird it flies high and overlooks the world below. The poem may symbolize the cruel powerful position and attitude of dictators, represented in the personification of the hawk itself who shares human characteristics, who rule in the human world without respecting human rights.
A cura della professoressa Claudia Groffi
Liceo Linguistico Grazia Deledda di Genova
SECONDA PROVA INGLESE: TESTO ATTUALITA’
This text taken from the BBC News Online, 11th February 2008 challenges Europeans and consumers all over the world to help stop forest destruction in Central Africa. Hunter-gatherer communities like the Baka are struggling to survive as large areas are exploited by European logging and mining companies. Some local communities like CED or the UK – FPP are supporting these people but much more can be done, both through information and awareness into the problem and help from the European Timber dealers.
A cura della Prof Pamela Erasmus
Liceo Grazia Deledda Genova