And watch the clouds, that late were rich with light, Slow saddening round, and mark the star of eve Serenely brilliant such should Wisdom be Shine opposite! How exquisite the scents Snatch'd from yon bean-field!
Blind as a bat. Crazy as a fox. It seems there is no end to the simile-making possibilities of animals.
Ever-present in poetry, animals are invoked almost as frequently as the beloved, and in many cases are even used to describe the beloved. Early examples are the stallions, doves, and deer in the love poetry of the Hebrew Bible's Song of Songs and the anthropomorphized swans and goats in ancient Greek mythology.
There is also a long tradition of poems addressed to pets, either celebrating their deeds or mourning their loss. Perhaps one of the most well known verses addressed to a pet comes from Christopher Smart 's eighteenth century "Jublilate Agno.
For when he takes his prey he plays with it to give it a chance. For one mouse in seven escapes by his dallying. For when his day's work is done his business more properly begins.
For he keeps the Lord's watch in the night against the adversary. For he counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin and glaring eyes.
For he counteracts the Devil, who is death, by brisking about the life. For in his morning orisons he loves the sun and the sun loves him. For he is of the tribe of Tiger. The wild and feral nature of animals is often marveled by poets, such as Mary Oliver 's detailed portraits, Rainer Maria Rilke 's trips to the zoo, and Marianne Moore 's self-described "menagerie.
The Greek myth of Leda and the Swan has been retold by many poets, including W. Yeatswho asks: Ultimately, animals offer poets a mirror through which to explore themselves, an unwitting foil used to understand what it means to be human.
Sometimes the comparison ultimately reveals a dissatisfaction with humanity, as in "Meditatio" by Ezra Pound and "Dog Poem" by Philip Levinewhich concludes with his curse upon the dogs of the world: Give them my life.
In other cases, the animal becomes a metaphor to venerate humanity, or more specifically, the poet, as in "The Albatross" by Charles Baudelaire.
The poem follows a majestic bird after it is captured for fun by the crew of a ship, and describes its awkward appearance on board and its humiliation by the deck hands.
The final stanza, here translated by Richard Howarddeclares:By placing two different things near each other, two things which share some quality, a reader can see a connection and understand a new idea or image more clearly.
Metaphors (comparisons between two things) and similes (comparisons using the words like or as) deepen and enrich our words.
The conversation poems are a group of eight poems composed by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (–) between and Each details a particular life experience which led to the poet's examination of nature and the role of poetry.
A Conversation Between a Platypus and a Chameleon – Two Animals I Know Very Little About Plat: Let me put this out there right off the bat. I know I have a bill like a duck, but I’m definitely not a bird. They both were inspirations for this poem, but I wanted something a little in between these two.
Thank you, my brother, for the beauty of this poem. I always loved these great animals. For a reason, I never managed to explain; I always felt that horses are more clear expressions of God than other animals!
And they have healing abilities too. Below is some brief conversations between two people. The conversations are about, 2 friends meeting by chance, 2 people asking what they do for a living and the .
21 The similarity is striking between the moral of Coleridge's poem and the sentiments of Goody Two-Shoes: "These are GOD Almighty's creatures as well as we.
He made both them and us so that they are our fellow Tenants of the Globe" (68).