Matthias Schubnell: On "Buteo Regalis"

Among the earliest examples of Momaday's postsymbolist, syllabic poems are "The Bear" and "Buteo Regalis," which were written during his first year at Stanford and are the first two in a sequence of animal poems. Both deal with the mystery of nature. Despite the precise rendition of the bear, the animal appears more as the ghost of a disappearing wilderness than a living creature. It displays an intended kinship with Faulkner's Old Ben. "Buteo Regalis," like "The Bear" descriptive in character, captures the flight of a hawk ready for the kill. The elegance of its descent and the prey's instinctive knowledge of danger are combined in a sharp portrayal of nature’s splendor and asperity.


Title Matthias Schubnell: On "Buteo Regalis" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author Matthias Schubnell Criticism Target N. Scott Momaday
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 27 May 2020
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication N. Scott Momaday: The Cultural and Literary Background
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