The bird's movement is comparable to that of a reptile. A lizard travels smoothly and swiftly, displaying great skill in its vigilance and rapidity of movement. Similarly, the goldfinch's entrance into the tree's thickness is "sleek," "alert," and "abrupt."
The laburnum top is smooth and slender. It is not stout like the oak nor thin like a willow wand. Rather, it is flexible and able to bend with the bird's movements inside it.
Inside the tree, the bird has found a safe place to sleep. It does not fear danger because it knows that no harm can come to it while it remains within the shelter of the thicket.
Here, the poet uses words such as "smooth" and "slender" to describe the laburnum top. These words show that the plant is flexible and can wrap around the bird's body without hurting it.
Also, the laburnum top provides the bird with protection from the sun and rain. The tree shields them from heat and cold alike. This is why the goldfinch stays within its protective borders even during harsh weather conditions.
Finally, the laburnum top gives the bird food for eating. When the tree comes into bloom, its purple flowers attract insects which the goldfinches then eat. Without these flowers, the birds would have nothing to eat.
A Synopsis of the Poem It has yellow leaves and seeds that have fallen to the green ground. The tree is motionless, but only for a minute. A goldfinch soon flies to it and settles on a branch. The entire tree comes to life with additional chirrups, chitterings, and vibrations as soon as it chirps. These signals are messages passing between the two animals: the seed has been planted, and it will grow into a tree.
Laburnums are deciduous trees native to Europe and northern Africa. They are among the first plants to color up after winter and often serve as an indicator of spring's approach. When in bloom, the laburnum looks like a golden chain hanging from the sky. Their small white flowers appear before their green leaves in early summer. After pollination, the fruit grows within a pod-like structure called a strobile. Each pod contains 20 to 50 brown seeds that are attached to a thin thread like a necklace for easy dispersal by the wind or water. Some seeds remain viable for several years so there can be new generations of laburnums even after the original plant is gone.
People have always loved laburnums for their beautiful flowers and graceful shape. In Victorian England, they were popular enough for artists to paint pictures of them. Today, laburnums are still used in flower arrangements because of their long lasting beauty.
The windhover is a bird that has the unusual ability to hover in the air, effectively flying in place while scanning the ground for food. The poet mentions seeing (or "catching") one of these birds as it was hovering.
This image comes from Nature's photographs: A Collection of First-Class Pictures Taken During the Years 1872-1875 by William Henry Fox Talbot, first published in London in 1877. This book is considered one of the founding works of natural history photography and contributed greatly to the development of science and technology as we know them today. The photographer behind this work was William Henry Fox Talbot (April 21, 1844 - May 27, 1916). He was an English scientist who is regarded as the father of photographic film technology and photography itself. He invented ways to make photos permanent which allowed for the preservation of nature's wonders for future generations to see.
Talbot took these photographs using glass plates coated with silver halide crystals which reacted when exposed to light from the scene being photographed. These reactions created patterns on the plate surface similar to the marks made by ink on paper when it is used as an engraving tool. After developing his plates, Talbot printed them using a hand-operated printing press he built himself. This process required several hours per photo.
The most noticeable structural structure in "Hawk Roosting" is that each stanza, or cluster of lines, has four lines. Because the lengths of the lines inside each stanza vary, so does the amount of words in each stanza. Nonetheless, as the eye moves down the page, there is a visual uniformity. The first stanza consists of four ten-line sections, and the last three consist of three five-line sections.
This regular pattern is what gives the poem its formal structure. It also allows for subtle variations on a theme, such as using three five-line sections instead of four ten-line ones, as in the second stanza. This flexibility is one of the main reasons "Hawk Roosting" is considered a good example of a monody (a poem that expresses one idea through varied methods of presentation).
There are several other structures used throughout the poem. Some sentences contain more than one clause, while others only contain a single word or phrase. Many sentences begin with a conjunction such as "and," "but," or "so." These conjunctions connect ideas within the sentence and help to explain how they are related to one another.
Throughout the poem, images are used to make points about nature and life.
The statement appears in the fourth stanza of Angelou's poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," where she contrasts a caged bird's circumstances with that of a free bird. It can find food at any door, as indicated by 'dawn light lawn,' a dense imagery depicting all the boundless possibilities of a free bird.
Angelou wrote several poems while in prison for assaulting a white police officer. She published these poems after her release from jail.
In the poem "The Laburnum Top," the goldfinch builds its nest on the top of a laburnum tree. Her chicks remain in the nest while she (the mother goldfinch) continues to leave at regular intervals to obtain food for her babies. When the children are grown, they return to the same spot to build their own nests.
This particular laburnum tree was growing in a garden in Surrey with other trees including horse-chestnuts, beeches, and sycamores. It must have been very popular with birds because it had been used for nesting for several generations. The tree was still healthy and grew up around it so that now it is difficult to see that it was once the scene of activity from many different birds.
Goldfinches are a small bird found in Europe and Asia. They are about the size of a sparrow but with a longer tail and more rounded wings. Both male and female goldfinches look fairly similar except that the male has a brighter coloration and more attractive markings on his face. Young goldfinches are gray like their parents, but soon develop their own distinctive color which remains almost unchanged throughout their lives.
They eat seeds, fruits, and some vegetables such as brassicas. Like other finches, they strip the bark off trees looking for any insects that may be living inside. This allows them to spread out across a wide area when searching for food.