The Greater Cat Poem Analysis

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The title of the poem, “The Greater Cats,” already tells me that this poem has something to do with lions (since a lion is considered a cat and amongst all cats- the greatest is a lion). Throughout the poem, it seems that the speaker’s attitude toward “the greater cats” goes, gradually, from a calmer tone to a more aggressive tone, yet still emphasizes the constant great strength the lion has throughout. For example, in the first stanza of the poem, the words “golden” and “aromatic” give a tranquil, light, and gentle tone. The words: “stones” & “bones” changes the tone dramatically by suddenly shifting the tone from the lightly-flowing tone (by using such words as “tulips” and “aromatic hill”) to a strong and sad tone that is more closely

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