Compare and Contrast the Poems, ‘Esther’s Tomcat’ by Ted Hughes and ‘the Cat and the Moon’ by W.B.Yeates:

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The poems ‘Esther’s Tomcat’ by Ted Hughes and ‘The Cat And The Moon’ by W.B.Yeates share many similarities and contrasts. The main communality is that of the subject of the poems. They are both about cats. However the cats have many contrasting qualities to one another. Both the poems are in first person narrative. This makes the reader feel like the story of the poem is told directly to them, which involves them emotionally. However they vary in that of structure. Their structures are based on the cats, one is well structured whilst the other is written in free verse to portray the cats mentality.

‘Esther’s Tomcat’ and the ‘The Cat And The Moon’ both share a cat as the common subject. Their cats however have many contrasts. The cat in
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In ’The Cat And The Moon’ Yeates also makes use of rhetorical questions. These engage our thoughts and cause us to feel even more involved in the poem. There are two types that he uses: one pointed at us, as in directly asking the question from us: ‘Does Minaloush know that his pupils…?’ which include us in the poem; and another directed at “Minaloush’ ‘Do you dance, Minaloush, do you dance?’ This again

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