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Esthers Tomcat by Ted Hughs.

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Michelle Moran 4F1 Esther's Tomcat Essay "Esthers Tomcat" by Ted Hughs is a lively and descriptive poem that tells you about the different sides and natures of cats. The poet uses many different figures of speech such as alliteration , similies and asonance to contrast the elegant and violent sides of this creature. The first line of the poem is very important. The first word "Daylong" has long stresses to help you notice how long the cat lies there for. "This tomcat" invites you into the poem. It is saying "this tomcat lying right here." "Stretched" also has long stresses to emphasise how far the cat is stretched out. The next line describes the way the cat looks. "Flat as an old rough mat." This gives me the impression that the tomcat's fur is sticking out this way and that. But it also describes the strength of the cat "Rough," shows us that the cat is very rough when fighting and also how strong he is when fighting. "Rough" also describes how he feels when you stroke him. This is also effective use of a similie. "Continual wars and wives are what Have tattered his ears and battered his head" This part of the poem tells us how many fights the tomcat has been in. ...read more.


"yawns wide red" This is effective because it has long stresses. It helps to "show" us the wide yawn and it lengthens in rhythm. "Red" also tells us a lot. It shows us the colour of the cats mouth. It is also associated with blood, violence and death. The introduction of the medieval colours, green and red takes us into the anecdote which is about a knight. "Fangs, fine as a lady's needle nice and bright" The poet is describing the cats' teeth here. It is effective because he tells us that the teeth are sharp by using the words "Fangs, fine," and "needle." he uses alliteration here also, to emphasise how pointed and sharp the teeth are. "Bright," also tells us that the teeth gleam in the light. They are also described as a "lady's needle." This gets me thinking about medieval times, which carries on into the next verse where and anecdote about a knight is placed. It seems to me that anecdote in the middle is to show how intelligent cat's are. There is also a knight in the story who is wearing armour. The only part of the knight's flesh that is showing is his neck, the most vunerable part. ...read more.


"walks upon sleep" suggests the superiority of cats to men. He wants us to understand that cats are not evil creatures, but are intelligent, beautiful, graceful animals. There is a lot of contrast used to describe the cats duel nature. Cat's are noctunal creatures. Durind the day they are quite lethargic, and during the night they are lively and vicious. I get the impression that the poet is impressed by the cats' strength and power. "His mind on the moon" gives me the impression that cats have supernatural powers. Cats are usually associated with evil and witches. In fairy tales they have magical qualities. The rhythm of the poem helps us to see the cat "stretched flat" in the first line. The words in this quote have long vowels to emphasise just how much the cat is stretched out. The words in the first line have very long stresses. The last line in the first verse, "Have tattered his ears and battered his head, has quite a quick rhythm. In conclusion, I think that this poem has been written extremely well. It is very descriptive. It has made me see cats in a totally different way. I really hated cats. They looked really evil and seemed to hate me. But after reading this poem that has changed. The descriptions are really accurate and make cats seem beautiful and graceful, which I now think they are. ...read more.

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