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Read the following poems by Thom Gunn and Thomas Flatman in The Faber Book of Beasts (pp.5-6). In no more than 600 words, compare the ways in which the two poets represent cats.

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Part 2 Reading Poetry: The Faber Book of Beasts Read the following poems by Thom Gunn and Thomas Flatman in The Faber Book of Beasts (pp.5-6). In no more than 600 words, compare the ways in which the two poets represent cats. Analysing poetry is not an easy task; poetry is a complex and complicated subject. To begging with, we have to consider that these two writers worked in different time period. Thom Gunn worked through the 20th century while Thomas Flatman was a writer from the 17th century. The way they write is different, by analysing both poems we can see that Thom Gunn uses a free verses and little rhyming 'The Girls wake, stretch, and pad up to the door. ...read more.


Gunn's poem 'Apartment Cats' is composed with shorter lines comparing with Flatman's 'An Appeal to Cats in the Business of Love'. Even comparing the titles of these two poems, we get to the conclusion that Flatman's title is more related to anthropomorphist, in the way he uses the words 'Cats in the Business of Love', it made me wonder at first, if he was really writing about cats? But after I read his poem, where he mentioned the old Lady Grimalkin, and the way she came alive in his poem with the line 'Puss! Puss! Last no long, but turn to Cat-whore!' (Muldoon, 1997, pp.5-6). I can therefore, confirm that he was writing about cats. In both poems the cats have been subtly personified, where in my own opinion we can say that Thom Gunn's poem 'Apartment Cats' is an anthropomorphist poem, in ...read more.


In Flatman's poem is clearer the way he sexualizes the cats 'Man ride many miles, Cats tread many tiles' (Muldoon, 1997,pp.5-6), it suggests that cats have sex only for the pleasure of having sex, therefor we can see the clearly comparison with human beings. Word count (553) Reference: Falconer, I., James, F.(2008) 'Fame and Faraday', in Moohan, E. (ed.) Reputations (AA100 Book 1), Milton Keynes, The Open University, pp.85 - 122. 'Faraday' (2009) (AA100 DVD ROM), Milton Keynes, The Open University. Editorial on the celebration of centenary of Faraday's birth; reprinted in AA100 assignment Booklet (October 2011), Milton Keynes, The Open University, p.23. Danson Brown, R., (2008) 'Reading Poetry: The Faber Book of Beasts', in Price (ed.) Tradition and Dissent (AA100 Book 2), Milton Keynes, The Open University, pp.39-70 'What Am I? Beasts and Tradition' (2009) (AA100 Audio CD), Milton Keynes, The Open University. Muldoon, P. (ed.) (1997) The Faber Book of Beasts, London, Faber and Faber. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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