Tomcat Analysis J.K Baxter

1220 WordsJul 31, 20135 Pages
t Tomcat Content: A description of a rebellious tomcat that “cuts across the zones” , follows “other routes, his own” is “scruffy” and has “ash-black coat”. The cat defies the rules of society as the ‘social norm’ expects all cats to be doctored and the tomcat is not. Form: The poem has 5 six lined stanzas. The first stanza describes the cat’s rebellious nature as he is not confined. He “cuts across the zones” and follows” other routes, his own”. The tomcat is free and does not seem to care about the confinements of society unlike people are. The next 2 stanza shows the protagonists admiration towards the cat and his fondness towards it this is shown through the oxymoron “He has no dignity, thank god!” The 4th stanza describes the…show more content…
It shows that it is very energetic. Baxter seems to have deliberately repeated the “t” sound in the first line “this tomcat cuts across the..”. An explosive sound is created which reflects the crisp, agile movements of the cat. Sibilance is also used to reflect the dire situation “sad whiskered skull-mouth” Poetic diction: The author compares the cat’s scars as “one or two flowers like round stars, badges of bouts and fights.” It is unusual for scars to be described this way. Both flowers and round stars come with positive connotations. Badges are directly linked to the army, as badges are given as a reward for doing something. By making the connection of the scars on the cat to badges it shows that the poet is looking up towards the cat and shows appreciation/ admiration towards the cat. The scars perhaps tell us some of the risks the cat took and they tell us a story therefore Baxter uses this metaphor as he is praising the cat as he desires to step out of the safe confinements of society and gain ‘badges’ of his own. Through this metaphor an image of a veteran who has fought countless fights is created and this perhaps suggests Baxter’s countless battles against society. The poet says that the tomcat “lodges in cellars”. The choice of words here is very important. The word “lodges” suggests that it is temporary and because “cellars” is a plural it suggests that the cat has no permanent home/bed and sleeps where ever. This
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